Senior MDC official arrested in Mutare
The MDC Manicaland provincial chairperson Julius Magarangoma was arrested
this morning by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
from Mutare Central Police Station on false charges of public violence in
2010 at Dorowa Business Centre in Buhera North.
Chairperson Magarangoma is currently detained at Mutare Central Police
Station and there are strong indications that the police want to detain him
The arrest of Magarangoma is part of a well calculated plot by Zanu PF to
intimidate and harass MDC leadership and supporters ahead of the much
anticipated 2013 elections. The arrest comes barely a week after the arrest
of Hon. Elton Mangoma, the MDC Deputy Treasurer General and Minister of
Energy Power Development on charges of insulting Robert Mugabe in May in
Another senior MDC official, Hon. Settlement Chikwinya, the MP for Mbizo,
was arrested last Friday on frivolous charges that he had given a radio
interview to SW Radio.
The arrest of Chairperson Magarangoma also comes at a time when the party in
Manicaland province is making final preparations for the Second All
Stakeholders’ Conference on the draft Constitution to be held in Harare from
21 to 23 October.
The MDC condemns the continued harassment, intimidation and arrests of its
officials, members and supporters. These human rights abuses are nothing but
an effort by some dark forces in Zanu PF and State security agents now in
panic mode ahead of the referendum.
The party remains resolute as it enters its last mile towards transformation
that will usher in a new Zimbabwe with jobs, better health, education and
improved service delivery.
The Last Mile: Towards Real Transformation!!!