Khumalo detained over protests

BULAWAYO - Police yesterday briefly detained MDC Bulawayo East legislator Thabitha Khumalo, accusing her of fomenting the current anti-government demonstrations rocking Zimbabwe.

Speaking after her release, Khumalo who is also the MDC’s deputy national spokesperson, branded the arrest an intimidation tactic.

“I was summoned to the Bulawayo Central Police, Law and Order section. I arrived there at 9:45am in the company of my lawyer Lizwe Jamela,” Khumalo told the Daily News.

“We were kept waiting until 10:15am and then I was called into this office where all the high-ranking officers of the police force were there, my lawyers were denied to be part of the proceedings as they claimed it was just an interview.

“The meeting lasted for over an hour as about nine senior officials raised a litany of allegations.”

Khumalo who was later released without any formal charge. She said she was interrogated as to why she was seen in the volatile areas of Makokoba, Thorngrove and Mzilikazi after last week’s stay away.

“They wanted to know where I got the guts to go into those volatile areas when I knew that it was volatile and no other cars were able to drive there except my car, meaning to say they perceived that I was one of the organisers of the stay away.

“I was also accused of being the brains behind the chaos currently happening in Zimbabwe and I was also accused of driving a car without number plates.”

The MDC legislator said she was not going to be cowed into submission.

“It was a way of intimidating me and what I realised is that they have no clue who is behind these skirmishes, so they are literally witch hunting.

“I don’t know what they saw in me that made them identify me as the organiser.

“I have nothing to do with. And in any case, as MDC, if we want to hold these demonstrations, we notify them under Posa (Public Order and Security Act).”

Khumalo said as MDC, they were in full support of the people who were demonstrating against President Robert Mugabe’s regime.

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