A MOTHER and her one-year-old son were arrested in connection with the alleged bombing of Zanu PF sub-offices in Harare's high density suburb of Highfield, a human rights group said Tuesday.
According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, 32-year-old Spiwe Pambayi was arrested on Saturday and kept in custody for two nights, together with her son Clifford Mbewe.
Pambayi is said to have been picked up after an informant allegedly told police that she had boasted that the "fire-fire operation yatakaita nezuro yakabudirira," which the police translated to mean "the fire-fire operation that we conducted yesterday (Friday night) was a success".
Pambayi, a vendor, was released Monday following the intervention of the lawyers' group who offered her legal assistance. She denies the accusations.
According to media reports, the Zanu PF offices were allegedly petrol-bombed during an attack which reduced the offices to ashes, together with an adjacent supermarket, Grocery World.
Zanu PF has pointed a finger at the opposition MDC-T party. The MDC-T has rubbished the allegations that its supporters were responsible, saying Zanu PF should look within its own circles.
In a statement on its website, the MDC-T said it notes with "great concern and dismisses the unsubstantiated allegations being made by Zanu PF that our party is responsible for burning down its offices at Machipisa Shopping Centre.
"What is also worrying is that Zanu PF is claiming that the MDC is responsible for the sordid act when police investigations are not yet complete.
"For the record, the MDC is a people's party that is not involved in any acts of violence and has nothing to do with the fire that took place at the Zanu PF offices.
"If the fire was as result of an arson attack as the old party would like to claim, then that was the work of Zanu PF factions that are tearing each other apart and as a party, the MDC condemns such acts.