ZANU PF youths yesterday besieged Mutare Central Police Station demonstrating against the detention of one of their leaders.
BY CLAYTON MASEKESA
Getrude Mutandi, who is the Zanu PF Manicaland provincial youth secretary for finance, was arrested by police on Thursday night on allegations of operating her bottle store after hours.
Police raided the bottle store and rounded up revellers who were drinking beer including Mutandi, alleging that the bottle store had no licence to operate after stipulated hours.
Mutandi spent the night in police cells and remained detained for the better part of the day yesterday. She was released around 1500hrs without any charge following the intervention of politburo member Oppah Muchinguri who allegedly ordered her release.
Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Mandi Chimene also allegedly played a role by ordering the release of Mutandi.
The youths, who were more than 50, camped outside the police station demanding the release of Mutandi.
Mutare District police chief, Chief Superintendent Winstone Muza, tried to address the youths, but failed to control them.
Muza said to the youths: “This is not a political meeting. Could you please disperse as we look into the matter? We should not come here to disturb peace.”
Muza called for reinforcement from other police officers. More than 20 officers came and tried in vain to disperse the youths who were singing and chanting Zanu PF party slogans.
The youths stayed put at the police station and continued singing. They then called other youth members to come and besiege the police station.