Police pick MDC-T official in Headlands

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March 17, 2013 in Local, News, Politics

AN MDC-T activist in Headlands was yesterday morning picked up by four armed
people raising fears of more similar actions ahead of the forthcoming polls.

MDC-T secretary for Headlands, Samson Magumura was picked up by the quartet
that also confiscated his wife’s mobile phone.

He was bundled into a white Isuzu truck.

Magumura’s whereabouts could not be established as a local police post said
it was not aware of the arrest.

But later in the day, police called MDC-T provincial spokesperson Pishai
Muchauraya informing him that Magumura was now in the custody of Nyazura
Police Station.

“Police confirmed that he had been surrendered to Nyazura Police Station by
officers from the Law and Order section for safe-keeping,” Muchauraya said.

Police spokesperson, assistant commissioner Charity Charamba said Magumura
had been arrested by Criminal Investigations Department (CID) detectives on
charges of attempted murder and malicious injury to property.

She said this followed the recent petrol bomb attack on the home of an
aspiring Zanu PF councillor, William Chapepa who was hospitalised with
serious burns following the raid on his home in Headlands.

But the MDC-T said the arrest was an assault on the party.

The party’s secretary general, Tendai Biti, told a press conference that the
arrest was “unacceptable but typical of the environment that we are living
in”.

Yesterday’s episode is set to raise political temperatures in the
constituency barely a month after 12-year old Christpowers Maisiri died in
an inferno.

Christpowers was son to MDC-T aspiring candidate for the constituency,
Shepherd Maisiri.

The party pointed a finger at Zanu PF and has called for an international
probe.

The former liberation party has denied the allegations.

Police claim that investigations established that the inferno was a result
of an explosion of tobacco chemicals and ammonium nitrate fertiliser in the
thatched hut the boy was sleeping in.

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