26 August 2008

Zimbabwe: MDC-T MP for Epworth Arrested

Harare — Police yesterday arrested MDC-T MP for Epworth Eliah Jembere, who has been on an outstanding warrant of arrest and also questioned the opposition MP for Mutare, Shuwa Mudiwa, over a case of political violence.

Police chief spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena confirmed Jembere's arrest and Mudiwa's brief detention.

He said Jembere, who is facing charges of raping the wife of an MDC-T councillor, was arrested in the city centre yesterday afternoon.

Asst Comm Bvudzijena said Jembere was released on bail on May 15 by the Harare Magistrate's Courts and was remanded to May 27 but failed to appear in court and was subsequently issued with a warrant of arrest.

"We have arrested him over the case of rape and kidnapping and he is expected to appear in court soon," he said.

Asst Comm Bvudzijena said they also briefly quizzed Mudiwa over a political violence case.

"We briefly questioned another MDC-T MP for Mutare constituency over a case in which he was accused of political violence before we released him," Asst Comm Bvudzijena said.

Mudiwa is accused of allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl while she was going home from Muchisi Primary School.

After kidnapping the girl, it is alleged that Mudiwa locked her up in a house in the same village and ordered one of his brothers, identified as Takudzwa, to keep watch over her.

However, the girl managed to escape while Takudzwa was asleep and a report was made to police, but Mudiwa was nowhere to be found.

Jembere and Mudiwa were among the eight MDC-T officials wanted by the police in connection with various cases of political violence, murder, public violence and malicious damage to property.

The other six are Pearson Mungofa (Highfield East MP), Bedknock Nyaude (Bindura South), Edmore Marima (Bikita East), Elton Mangoma (Makoni North), Mathias Mathew Mlambo (Chipinge East) and councillor for Ward 11 in Bikita East Peter Takaringofa.

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