21 August 2018

Zimbabwe: MDC-Alliance Activist Japajapa Arrested

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Paddington Japajapa (file photo).

MDC Alliance activist Paddington Japajapa, who was wanted by the police on allegations of inciting party supporters to embark on an illegal demonstration in Harare soon after the July 30 harmonised elections, has been arrested.

Japajapa was arrested in Gweru on Sunday and was taken to Harare Central Police Station for further investigations. He is likely to appear in court today. Police sources in Harare confirmed that Japajapa was still assisting them with investigations.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) recently issued a statement saying it was looking for nine senior MDC-Alliance officials, including Japajapa, Tendai Biti and Morgen Komichi, on allegations of inciting the illegal demonstration. Biti and Komichi have since been arrested and are appearing in court. Six people died, while property worth thousands of dollars was destroyed during the violent demonstration.

The other MDC-Alliance functionaries which are still being sought by police are Happymore Chidziva, Jim Kunaka, Mafaiti Mubaiwa, Jeff Tafadzwa Chaitezvi, Lovejoy Chitengu and Chamunorwa Madya.

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