Attempts by Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairman Isaac Dakamela to stop the arrest of party youths for allegedly kidnapping and brutally assaulting a colleague, hit a brick wall last Tuesday after police declined to budge.
The two, Obert Musindo and Godwin Mugumba, were last Wednesday remanded in custody to September 7 for allegedly kidnapping Nqobile Mlilo following a brawl at Zanu PF politburo member Tshinga Dube’s birthday party in Killarney suburb.
They were also advised to apply for bail through the High Court.
Musindo is the Zanu PF Sizinda district chairman while Mugumba is the Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial youth secretary for health.
On the day of the pair’s arrest, Dakamela reportedly visited Bulawayo Central Police Station where he tried to influence police to release the two suspects, but his efforts hit a brick wall.
“He went to the police and asked for the two suspects to be released arguing that they belonged to the party. However, the police did not yield to Dakamela’s demands, but proceeded with sending them (Musindo and Mugumba) to court,” said a party insider.
However, Dakamela on Monday refused to comment on the matter saying: “Where did you get that information? I do not have a comment over that. I have also heard about the allegations.”
Musindo (31) and Mugumba (34) were not asked to plead to kidnapping and assault charges when they briefly appeared before Bulawayo provincial magistrate Abednico Ndebele.