Missing MDC-T activists found


The three MDC-T activists, allegedly abducted by state security agents last week during a constitution-making outreach programme in Mashonaland East, have been found after three days of extensive searching.
Yesterday, the MDC-T said Rodreck Shamuyarira, Temba Masimura and another activist identified only as Mukunyadze were detained at Marondera police station accused of inciting violence.
The party said the activists were made to pay admission of guilt fines and released.
Nelson Chamisa, the party spokesperson, said the families of the three and the MDC-T had searched unsuccessfully for the activists.
It was baffling therefore, Chamisa said, that the men were suddenly found at a police station where earlier searches had drawn a blank.
He said the matter would be raised with the leadership of the inclusive government.
“They were arrested for allegedly inciting violence (but) clearly these guys were taken under mysterious circumstances,” Chamisa told NewsDay.
“They had not committed any crimes. It’s a bizarre case. We are taking this up with the political leaders.”
Chamisa added: “It is not only despicable but unacceptable. The whole issue is to keep them under lock and key.”
He said the alleged abductions were a calculated attempt to thwart MDC- T activism in the country.
Police national spokesperson, Wayne Bvudzijena said the three were not abducted but arrested for criminal activities.
“If they got arrested, how do they become abducted?” Bvudzijena asked.
“They are facing charges which they have to answer.”
The MDC-T on Monday alleged two of the activists were abducted in Chief Svosve’s area by a group of armed men driving a white double-cab CAM truck.
The party alleged Shamuyarira was the first to be abducted at Twoboy Business Centre, while Masimara was kidnapped in Village 17 in ward 21 of Marondera East.
Makunyadze was allegedly abducted outside Marondera Hotel.
The party said the three were allegedly targeted because they had been instrumental in mobilising party supporters in Marondera East to participate in the ongoing constitution-making outreach meetings.