Former Zimbabwe Opposition Charges Crackdown by Pro -ZANU-PF Forces

Posted: 16/02/2011 in Law Enforcement, MDC, MDC-T, Police, police brutality, Politics, Tsvangirai, Violence, ZANU-PF

The Movement for Democratic Change
formation of Zimbabwean Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai says a crackdown by forces
loyal to President Robert Mugabe has intensified
with numerous activists jailed for spurious and
politically motivated charges.
Harare police on Tuesday arrested MDC
legislator Douglas Mwonzora of Nyanga North,
Manicaland , on charges yet to be determined as
he left Parliament .
In Beitbridge, on the southern border with
South Africa, two of Mr . Tsvangirai ‘s official
drivers who were arrested on Friday for putting
a blue police -type light on their vehicle were
released on US $100 bail each by a magistrate.
Attorneys from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights said the drivers were accused of
driving a car with lights exclusive to police .
Their vehicle was impounded . Lawyer Lizwe
Jamela told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the
two denied the charges.
In March 2009, soon after Mr . Tsvangirai
became prime minister , his vehicle was run off
the Harare- Masvingo road in a collision which
claimed the life of his wife, Susan .
Mr . Tsvangirai ‘s MDC formation said 13 party
activists arrested Monday in eastern Mutare on
charges of holding an illegal rally remained in
custody on Tuesday and were being denied
visitors and food. Nine party supporters arrested
in Nyanga on Sunday also remained in custody,
according to Tsvangirai MDC sources .
Six MDC legislators in the southeastern province
of Masvingo received summonses on Monday to
face charges they had broken up a ZANU-PF
rally addressed by Jabulani Sibanda , leader of
the Zimbabwe National War Veterans
Association .
Other party activists have been detained in the
capital, accused of fomenting violence .
Police could not be reached for comment on the
many arrests of MDC supporters .
Deputy MDC spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo
told VOA Studio 7 reporter Ntungamili Nkomo
that the latest police actions are deplorable.
Tuesday in Harare activists of the group Women
of Zimbabwe Arise demonstrated near
Parliament demanding that the rights of women
be enshrined in the constitution now being
revised, and that electoral system reforms be
put in place .
Correspondent Thomas Chiripasi reported that
although police halted the march and dispersed
the protesters , they appeared to exercise
unusual restraint , leading to some speculation
authorities do not want to risk evoking parallels
with Egypt ‘s revolt .

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