Mamombe's arrest above board, says Mudenda

HARARE - The arrest of MDC MP for Harare West Joana Mamombe during a parliamentary workshop in Nyanga at the weekend was above board as she was taken by police well after  the august House’s business, National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda has said.

Mamombe was driven back to Harare where she was detained.
She stands accused of addressing a press conference at Civic Centre in Malborough, Harare on January 14 where she called on citizens to engage in acts of civil disobedience with the intention to remove a sitting government through unconstitutional means.
The Nelson Chamisa-led MDC and rights groups have described the arrests as a perpetuation of former President Robert Mugabe’s brutal clampdown of dissenting voices.

Following Mamombe’s arrest, MDC chief whip in the National Assembly Prosper Mutseyami immediately slammed Mudenda for not doing enough to protect MPs. But Mudenda insisted Mamombe’s case was handled with utmost respect. “It is not true that she was arrested (while) on parliamentary business,” Mudenda told the Daily News yesterday adding that “we were actually on our way back home”.

Pressed to say if the protection of Parliament ends as soon as one leaves the room where the legislative business was taking place, Mudenda said; “they are overstretching the protection”.
“The people who arrested her were very civil…they actually approached me and I reminded them to observe the law which they did,” Mudenda said.

Mamombe joins a growing list of MDC activists and civil society leaders that have been arrested and charged for allegedly instigating violence during the January protests which coincided with a stay-away called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and citizen movements.

According to the MDC “a team of about eight henchmen snatched Mamombe Boko Haram style” while claiming to be from police’s law and order section. “This is a result of Zanu PF military political settlement which has seen them create vigilante groups and vested powers of the State into these killer units resulting in deaths of at least 17 people in January and 7 others on August 1, 2018,” Mutseyami said, adding that “an MP has privileges they must enjoy while on parliamentary business”.

This comes as another MDC MP, Godfrey Sithole (Chitungwiza North) was also arrested at the weekend after he surrendered himself to the police. Mutseyami accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government of being “barbaric” and disdainful towards upholding fundamental human rights.

“Mamombe was led to a Toyota Fortuner ACI 4582 and the car sped off along the Harare highway. The manner the operation was done sends shivers down the spine of the ordinary civilians. 
“It is a sad incident reflecting retrogression in our constitutional democracy ...,” he lamented

Comments (11)

Being an MP does not mean you can break the law . Those who break the law must face the music . They will learn to obey the law when one of them is imprisoned .

Hayibo - 4 March 2019

The can arrest MDC MPs as they wish but that will never turn-around the economy if anything it further isolate the country as it is viewed in bad shape with the international community. In Sudan Al Bashir is trying same tactics, same as Maduro in Venezuela and the Haiti president the end result is similar to that of Saddam Hussein or Robert Mugabe they will be remembered as nothing but despots.

Sinyo - 4 March 2019

I expected sound reasoning citing Parliamentary privileges from the Speaker! Agash! his willowgate scandal mentality is intact.

Mukanya - 4 March 2019

Expecting protection from the bloody speaker is like a buck asking a hyena to let go its young one, he was actually shedding crocodile tears and feeling gratified that they have humiliated another MDC member. They can do all they are doing but they can not quench the thirst that is burning inside the people's minds for freedom. The road maybe torturous but alluta continua.

Kufandada - 4 March 2019

The question you should be asking as responsible citizens is 'Did Mamombe commit the offense or not? Thats for the courts to decide based on the evidence not anyone else. Some of us were badly affected by that lawlessness. If she had a hand in it, she must surely face the music.

Patriot - 4 March 2019

The question you should be asking as responsible citizens is 'Did Mamombe commit the offense or not? Thats for the courts to decide based on the evidence not anyone else. Some of us were badly affected by that lawlessness. If she had a hand in it, she must surely face the music.

Patriot - 4 March 2019

Mudenda is a Zanu lapdog. He looted Willowvale and was convicted during Willowgate. Instead of jail time he and Frederick Shava were promoted by Zanu.

Moe Syszlack - 4 March 2019

Being a useless MP for a certain poor constituency does not mean that you are immune to law. Hence we say the "law is an asshole" God to hell and see whether your hungry supporters will care

Clemence Tashaya - 5 March 2019

Isnt it that you MDC thugs are always talking about the rule of law. Hezvo ka rule of law says if you break the law you will be arrested whether you are MDC or not whether you are beautiful or ugly whether Mudenda was implicated in willogate or not. Rule of law is rule of law. Period. Go to school

BaTaps - 5 March 2019

If u have a relative or someone close to you who lost property during the senseless stay away then you would not defend the ppl who instigated the looting and destruction of property mainly from fellow black up coming business ppl in mostly high density areas. And whilst still on that: what comes 1st the chicken or the egg, what comes 1st looting and destruction or arrest?????? Did the police go into the streets 1st to arrest ppl before looting or ppl looted 1st then they got arrested later???? Tikwanireyi mhani imi vanhu ve MDC. Hamunyare ndo zvinokupai kupembedza n,anga neinobata mai - Sanctions

BaTaps - 5 March 2019

Ba Taps the only sanctions Zimbabwe has suffered from is zanu pf since 1980.

Kufandada - 6 March 2019

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