Mutare Deputy Mayor rearrested

MUTARE – Zimbabwe Police in Mutare on Tuesday rearrested Movement for Democratic Change deputy mayor Addmore Mukorera amid reports that Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri wanted him detained.

The Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)’s Manicaland regional spokesperson Pishayi Muchaurawa told RadioVOP that they were reports that senior police officers in Harare had instructed Mutare police to rearrest Mukorera.

"We understand that the police officers who released him on Saturday night have come under pressure from senior officers in Harare and have been ordered to rearrest him and detain him at Murambidza Police Station, close to the area where the crime was committed.

"Other twenty six party members were also arrested separately in Buhera on Monday night, the reasons for the arrests are also not known, we were just briefed that they were just targeting MDC officials at ward level," said Muchaurawa.

Mukorera on Monday told RadioVOP that his arrest on allegations of instigating violence was an attempt by ZANU PF to tarnish the image of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

Mukorera said the police had quizzed him about where his truck had been driven to when he went to Buhera for the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife, Susan.

"When I was arrested no charges were laid against me. The police only asked me about my truck, which was driven to Buhera by my driver. They asked me whether it had during the funeral proceedings, been moved from where it was parked but I told them that I did not know as I had been busy arranging transport for Manicaland mourners and giving food to the people who attended the funeral.

"What I am seeing right now is that they are bent on tarnishing my party, the MDC-T and my image as the deputy mayor. I think this is a political move," said Mukorera.

Mukorera said ZANU PF was trying to discredit the MDC and make it seem like it is not committed to the inclusive government.

"I think they want to convince SADC that we are not doing the right thing, one of our members had his house burnt in Zimunya, the incident was reported to the police but the incident was never documented