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Former MDC MP Mpofu arrested

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POLICE in Plumtree on Friday arrested former MDC MP for Bulilima East, Norman Mpofu, on allegations of uttering words deemed to cause public disorder at a funeral of an MDC-T activist last week on Saturday.

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Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights lawyer Nontokozo Dube Tachiwona representing Mpofu, confirmed the arrest, but said the former legislator was released later the same day.

“They are charging him with uttering words which may cause disorder at a funeral of an MDC-T activist in the Thekwane area on October 20,” said Tachiwona.

“They are saying he said Zanu PF was a government of thieves and murderers. We negotiated with officers from the Law and Order Section and they released him.”

She said police advised Mpofu that the case would be heard in court next week. Speaking after his release, Mpofu admitted he addressed mourners who had gathered to bury an MDC-Tactivist Sindile Napa, but denied allegations levelled against him.

“Walter Malume Moyo (a Zanu PF activist) reported to the police, claiming I insulted him. He claimed I said Zanu PF was a party of thieves and murderers,” said Mpofu.

“He also accused me of having told people not to fear the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officers.”

Mpofu admitted that he told mourners not to fear the CIO and not to be intimidated by the organisation in the manner he said they intimidated teachers at Dingumuzi Primary School into singing in front of pupils last year. Mpofu is one of three legislators fired from the MDC led by Welshman Ncube.

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