TWENTY-ONE MDC-T youths in Kuwadzana were arrested on Wednesday night and fined for criminal nuisance after they were caught gathered in a park.
The youths were arrested and taken to Kuwadzana 2 Police Station where they were detained before paying $10 each as admission of guilt fine.
Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tadius Chibanda confirmed the arrests yesterday, saying: “The youths were in a park and they were arrested and charged with criminal nuisance. They failed to explain what they were doing in the park and they were taken to a police station. They paid fines and have been released.”
But the youths told NewsDay that they were arrested for putting up posters for their “Big Sunday” rally to be held in the constituency that will be addressed by local MP and Information Communication Technology minister Nelson Chamisa.
Yesterday, Chamisa said: “This country needs serious transformation. Why and how do you arrest people for putting up a poster? I am raising the issue with the officer-in-charge Southerton to explain how and what law they are using and what politics they are using.
That is why reforms are important before elections, otherwise elections will always be contestable.”