MDC-T youths are demanding political intervention in the case of the arrested 29 party activists facing allegations of murdering Inspector Petros Mutedza in Glen View last year, saying elections could not be held while they were still in custody.
By the Staff Reporter
The party’s youth assembly secretary- general Promise Mkwananzi yesterday said there was no need for elections if the “political prisoners” are not released. He said the matter needed a political solution.
“The principals must direct their parties towards a violent-free and fair election. We applaud the calls for peace by the principals and we think they are unequivocal, but we are worried with what is happening on the ground, especially the defiance by Zanu PF. In Kwekwe we had a case of violence, there are cases of harassment including the raid on Counseling Services Unit, the arrest of Minister Elton Mangoma and Zinasu student leader,” he said.
“If (President Robert) Mugabe is genuine, why is there nothing happening to those perpetrators. The police, Jomic and other institutions should see to it that there is law and order.”
He said more than three-quarters of the Harare provincial youth leadership are locked up in prison with their national chairman Solomon Madzore, rendering the structures dysfunctional, while Zanu PF was campaigning freely.