The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Mwenezi MP Arrested

Harare — MWENEZI MP Cde Isaiah Shumba and 12 Zanu-PF supporters appeared before a Masvingo magistrate on charges of promoting public violence yesterday.

Cde Shumba, who is a former Education, Sport and Culture deputy minister, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Mr Stanley Mambanje who released him on $2 million bail.

His 12 co-accused are out on free bail.

The legislator was arrested on February 8 at Rutenga Business Centre after he had convened a rally that was attended by more than 300 people.

The state alleges that Cde Shumba (54) led his supporters in singing revolutionary songs and chanting Zanu-PF slogans which denigrated a party rival Cde Neddie Masukume, who won in the newly-created Mwenezi West constituency in the recently held Zanu-PF primary polls.

It was further alleged that the former deputy minister was carrying a 303 rifle loaded with five rounds which he waved in the air while his supporters ran around the business centre. The state contends that the 13 where angered by the alleged imposition of Cde Masukume to represent Zanu-PF and they wanted Cde Shumba to be the candidate.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2008 The Herald. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.