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Police place MDC under siege

Staff Writer

AS the harassment of opposition supporters continues unabated ahead of the parliamentary election due in March, police in Bulawayo this week arrested two Movement for Democr

atic Change activists for distributing flyers urging members of the public to go and inspect the voters’ roll.

Police in Lobengula picked up the two MDC activists, Nompilo Ncube and Shepherd Chigumbura, on Tuesday as they moved around distributing flyers.

The two were arrested and taken to Magwegwe police station where they were detained overnight.

MDC Bulawayo spokesman Victor Moyo confirmed the arrest of the two activists and said police have not indicated what charges would be brought against the two.

“As it is at the moment, we are still awaiting to hear from the police what charges they are levelling against our members but we have instructed our lawyers to take the matter up with the police,” Moyo said.

The lawyer representing the two late on Wednesday said he was not aware what his clients were being charged with but said he would pursue the matter further.

“The phones at Magwegwe police station are not going through and at the moment it is difficult to see my client because the police give different excuses,” Mathonsi said.

“The police will most likely charge them under certain sections of Posa.”

The arrest of the two activists comes barely two days after police arrested Makokoba MP, Thokozani Khupe, together with 100 party supporters who were holding a private meeting at her restaurant in the city.

The state on Tuesday also arrested MDC Kuwadzana MP Nelson Chamisa on allegations of inciting public violence. He was however released after the state said it would proceed by way of summons.

Moyo said the spate of arrests of opposition members and supporters was characteristic of Zanu PF’s tactics of using state-sponsored harassment against the opposition.

“The spate of arrests of MDC MPs and opposition supporters is Zanu PF’s tactics of intimidating the people ahead of the election. The way the opposition is always hunted down shows that the political field is not even,” he said.

Moyo said the unfolding events would be used by the MDC as determinants on whether or not to participate in the forthcoming elections.

“Our decision to participate in the elections will be determined by among other things these cases taking place now. With the intensification of state-sponsored violence, it would be difficult to make a positive result,” Moyo said.

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