Police break MDC rally

MBERENGWA - Police arrested six Mberengwa South district executive members of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC on Thursday on allegations of holding an illegal meeting.

The six officials are Siyakwazi Moyo (district chairman), Nkosilathi Gumbo (deputy district secretary), Hlupo Nkomo (secretary for finance), Thomas Bernard (secretary for tourism), Godsave Zhou (secretary for local government) and David Shoko (information and publicity secretary).

Midlands South provincial secretary for defence, Trynos Shava, said the six party officials were rounded up by 10 police officers in riot gear whilst addressing a party meeting at Gwayi Business Centre under Chief Chingoma.

“About 10 police officers in riot gear from Mataga Police Station led by Sergeant Msipa stormed our party executive meeting at Gwayi Business Centre before arresting seven district executive members accusing them of holding an illegal meeting,” Shava said.

“They threw them into a police truck and took them to Mataga Police Station where they are detained.”

Midlands provincial police spokesperson  Emmanuel Mahoko’s mobile numbers were unreachable but national police spokesperson Charity Charamba said:”I am not in office.”

Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, one of the MDC’s district chairpersons Dominic Shumba (27) died from a severe headache in Bulawayo last week. He was buried in Langeni area in Mberengwa during the Easter holiday.

“We have lost a true hero, a young man who was dedicated to fight for the freedom of the people of Zimbabwe,” Tabitha Khumalo, MDC Member of Parliament for Bulawayo East told mourners during Shumba’s burial.

“At 27 he was already a district chairman of our party in Bulawayo East District. He had great a future and he loved his party so much, the party has been robbed of a real cadre.”

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition director, McDonald Lewanika said: “The struggle has lost a willing soldier; we have lost an able comrade.” - Pindai Dube

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