MDC youth leader in Mash Central arrested over party posters
By Tichaona Sibanda
MDC provincial youth chairman for Mashonaland Central, Tonderai Samhu, has
been arrested in Mvurwi, allegedly for putting up party posters in the area.
Promise Mkwananzi, the party’ s Youth Assembly secretary-general told SW
Radio Africa that Samhu was picked up the police and is believed to have
been trasferred to Bindura for questioning.
‘He phoned us to say he’s been arrested and that police were preparing to
take him to Bindura. Thereafter his phone went dead and we have dispatched a
team to Mvurwi and Bindura to check on him,’ Mkwananzi said.
Samhu who has been a thorn in the flesh for ZANU PF in Mashonaland Central
has been arrested countless times, including in 2010 for allegedly insulting
Robert Mugabe during a party rally in Guruve.
During that rally, the outspoken youth leader chanted the MDC slogan that
denounces Mugabe and ZANU PF. Speaking to SW Radio Africa after his arrest
at the time, Samhu said he was merely chanting a well known party slogan
that they routinely use during party gatherings.
He told us the slogan; ‘Mbavha bvisa (remove thieves), Mugabe bvisa (remove
Mugabe), ZANU PF bvisa (remove ZANU PF) was not an insult, but a rallying
call to remove Mugabe through the ballot box.
Over the years, numerous people have been arrested, fined, beaten or jailed
under the country’s draconian laws that make it an offence to make any
comment perceived to be an insult to Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of
state and in power for 32 years.
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