The MDC-T says its supporters who were arrested in Mbare this week on public violence charges have been denied food and access to treatment for injuries sustained during their battles with Zanu PF youths at the Mbare MDC-T offices.
The MDC-T issued a statement saying the nine MDC-T Mbare District Youth Assembly members were still in police custody at Mbare Police Station.
“The other two were released Wednesday after paying $10 fines,” the MDC-T official statement said.
“The seven are expected to appear in court tomorrow (Thursday).”
But police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena dismissed the statement as unfounded saying: “It (allegation of detainees being denied food) does not deserve a response from us.
“How can we deny people food? On medication, if anyone has been injured, they will get treated.”
The MDC-T accused the police of siding with Zanu PF and as such, they were not arresting Zanu PF activists, yet were quick to arrest their members.
“Their (police) failure to arrest Zanu PF thugs means they are part of the problem of violence that is taking place in Mbare and other parts of the country.”
The MDC-T dismissed claims by Bvudzijena that their party was equally to blame for violence.
“Why is it that only MDC-T members are in police custody when the police claim it was two political camps that clashed?” the MDC-T said.
The MDC-T said the situation in Mbare was still tense and that 20 supporters had gone into hiding.
“Among those who have gone into hiding are Emma Gwandari, the MDC-T women’s assembly Mbare district chairperson and Shylet Zuruvi, the women’s assembly district secretary,” the party said.