Police arrest MDC-T youth activist in Byo

March 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment


MDC-T youth activists Sifiso Ncube was yesterday arrested in Emakhandeni
High density suburb for producing his party’s councillor’s letter as proof
of residence in order to register to vote

Ncube who lives in the nearby Cowdray Park high density suburb visited
Registrar General’s Office at Emakhandeni primary school with the aim of
registering to vote in the next elections but was immediately arrested by
police officers manning the office saying the councillor’s letter was fake.

“We are shocked by the behaviour of these police officers. I personally
wrote and signed the letter for Sifiso to go and register to vote at
Emakhandeni primary school, but some overzealous police officers arrested
him. They claimed the letter was fake. As I am speaking to you Sifiso is
detained at Luveve police station,”Cowdray Park MDC-T Councillor Collet
Ndlovu told The Zimbabwean yesterday.

Zimbabwe is expected to hold elections in July this year, but several MDC-T
youths have been arrested in the past few weeks countrywide when attempting
to register to vote. Police accused them of being mobilised by
non-governmental organisations which are anti-Zanu PF to go and register to

Youth Initiative for Development Zimbabwe (YIDEZ) Matabeleland regional
coordinator Tsepiso Mpofu also said 20 youths were barred from the same
Emakhandeni primary school’s registrar general offices on Monday. “The
officers working there said they should not come in groups or mobilised by
anybody to come and register to vote”.

When contacted for comment Bulawayo Police spokesperson Mandlenkodsi Moyo
said: “I am busy with Zimbabwe International Trade Fair preparations and
have not received those reports.”

Last month 40 youths were arrested in Lupane in Matabeleland North after the
youth organisation, National Youth Development Trust (NYDT) had mobilised
them to go and register to vote.Police later raided NYDT offices in Bulawayo
accusing them of conducting an illegal voter registration exercise in
Matabeleland region.


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