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Mwonzora spends third day in cells

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Nyanga North MP Douglas Mwonzora on Thursday spent his third night in police custody without appearing in court.

He is being detained at Nyamaropa Police Station in Nyanga.

His party, the MDC-T, said in a statement last night Mwonzora was being charged together with at least 24 villagers with public violence following police reports they disturbed peace at a meeting held in Nyamaropa village recently.

Mwonzora was arrested on Tuesday by three policemen outside Parliament Building while the villagers were picked up on Sunday.

The MDC-T said the Mwonzora case was now being handled by senior army personnel and the party was no longer sure when the accused persons would appear in court.

“Senior army personnel have since taken over operations at Nyanga Police Station and no date has been set on when they will appear in court. The lawyers representing the MDC members have been making frantic efforts to have them brought before the courts but the officer-in-charge of Nyanga Police Station and his juniors have been told by the army not to handle the case,” said the MDC-T in a statement.

Mwonzora was briefly detained at Harare Central Police Station before being transferred to Rhodesville Police Station on Tuesday where he spent his first night in police custody.

On Wednesday, he was transferred to Nyanga where the offence was allegedly committed. The arrested villagers, according to the MDC-T, claim Zanu PF supporters rounded them up and detained them at nearby shops where they were assaulted before being handed over to the police.

The MDC-T on Thursday said more of their supporters were arrested in Chivi, Masvingo province, on allegations they held an illegal meeting.

“Two newly-elected MDC district chairpersons for Chivi North and Chivi Central, Noah Mtisi and Bornwell Matuvhunge were today (yesterday) arrested in Chivi, Masvingo province, on allegations that they held an illegal MDC meeting,” the MDC-T said.

“They were arrested together with Marshall Chiomwe of Ward 30 Chivi Central, Isiah Muzondo and Henry Damba both of Chivi North. They have since been transferred to Masvingo Central Police Station.

“Chivi North and Central districts last week held successful internal restructuring meetings and new executive members were elected into office.

“The meeting for Chivi Central was held at Nyamakwe Business Centre while the meeting for Chivi North was held at Mhandamabwe Business Centre.”

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