14 February 2008

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.

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