MDC activists remanded in custody over door-to-door campaign
By Tichaona Sibanda
Nineteen MDC-T activists, who were arrested in Hatcliffe last week while on
a door-to-door campaign, appeared in court on Monday charged with
impersonating government officials.
The bail hearing was adjourned to Tuesday and all 19 were remanded in
custody. The activists, part of a campaign team put together by co-Home
Affairs Minister Theresa Makone, were picked up by the police on Thursday
last week as they went around Hatcliffe asking residents to register as
Lawyers representing the group said police claimed that they were wearing
T-shirts usually worn by officials from the Ministry Home Affairs. They were
going around the high density suburb asking residents to check and confirm
if their names were on the voters roll and advising them to register to vote
if their names were missing.
The group was found in possession of copies of the voters rolls for the
Harare North constituency. Makone, who is the MDC-T MP for the area told SW
Radio Africa she bought the voters’ rolls from the Registrar General at $15
‘I purchased 12 copies for my constituency, clearly for no reason other than
voter verification. As a matter of fact my own name was missing in the first
copy and then mis-spelt in the subsequent copy.
‘As far as I am concerned, this whole furore is meant to cause fear and
despondency in my activists, while ZANU PF continues with its own door to
door campaign unhindered,’ Makone said.
Last week, Makone launched a blistering attack on the police after they
arrested the group branding the actions as ‘stupid and shameful.’
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