14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Thugs Disrupt MDC Youth Rally in Uzumba As Police Arrest and Detain MDC Officials.

press release

Police in Uzumba arrested and detained MDC officials including Mashonaland East Women's Assembly Provincial Organising Secretary Edna Muswe.

The cops accused the activists of mobilising people to attend an unauthorised rally, they were later released after National Youth Assembly chairperson Solomon Madzore went and asked the police to release the officials as they had done nothing illegal. Madzore was supposed to give a keynote address at the event but the police told the organisers that the rally could no longer go ahead because Zanu PF was going to using the same venue.

Rowdy Zanu PF youths were bused to the venue by one Stephen Chitunga who stays in Ward 9 in Uzumba district.

Shadreck Karonga, Chrispen Mashanga both of Ward 8 in Uzumba force marched villagers to participate in the disruption of the rally as they assaulted MDC activists and several were injured but surprisingly police did not arrest them.

Madzore condemned police's lack of professionalism and told one police sergeant Major who refused to disclose her name that she was supposed to protect the people not persecute victims. "I think the state pays you to protect civilians not arrest people who come to the station to make complains against violence, your conduct is pathetic and the MDC will not tolerate that," Madzore said.

She initially refused to give the activists the RRB numbers and later gave them after the intervention of the Youth Assembly Secretary General, Promise Mkwananzi who is a JOMIC member.

Other activists who were arrested are Women's Assembly chairperson for Murehwa North Magret Chipuka, Ward 8 district Organising Secretary Charles Dhonza, activists Chamunorwa Munaki Pfupa and Kerry Pfupa.

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