Police raid MDC MP home
by Gladys Ncube
Police in Gwanda on Saturday morning raided the home of former Gwanda North
Member of Parliament Thandeko Zinti Mkandla accusing him of keeping
Six armed police officers from Gwanda Police Station with a search warrant
descended at the home of expelled MDC-N MP Thandeko Zinti-Mkandla at
Christopher Flats in Gwanda town on Saturday morning accusing him of keeping
large number of radio receivers and satellite receivers meant for regime
change. Police said the items were smuggled into the country by unnamed NGO
and given to Mkandla to distribute to villagers in his constituency.
“They came at my home early morning with a search warrant and accused me of
keeping some smuggled radios receivers and satellite receivers. They said I
was given these items by an NGO which smuggled them into the country and
meant for regime change.
“They searched everywhere including my bedroom but they didn’t find
anything. They promised to come back, but I know this is just harassment
since as elections are near,”said Mkandla who was at home during the
raid.Mkandla was expelled from MDC-N but still holds his parliamentary seat
of Gwanda North.MDC-N fired him last year together with several other MPs
and Councilors accussing them of secretly working with MDC-T.
Meanwhile members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) on Thursday
summoned MDC-T Zaka West MP Festus Dumbu to their Chiredzi offices accusing
him of insulting them on a social network Facebook.Dumbu says CIO head in
Chiredzi known as Katsande phoned and summoned him to their offices at NSSA
building in Chiredzi town where he was questioned and harassed over a post
on his Facebook Wall where he posted: “CIO want to divide my party MDC-T”
In the past weeks there has been an upsurge in the number of human rights
activists and MDC members being arrested or harassed by security forces.
Last week police raided a youth civic society organisation National Youth
Development Trust (NYDT) in Bulawayo on allegations that the group is
conducting illegal voter registration and keeping subversive material.
Last month, Okay Machisa, the director of Zimbabwe Human Rights Association
and chairperson of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition was arrested and appeared in
court on allegations of conducting illegal voter registration and publishing
false statements prejudicial to the State.