MDC Security Chief Rearrested, Detained

HARARE – Chris Dlamini, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) security chief who was released from detention late on Friday night, was on Monday night redetained by prison officials, who are been keeping him under guard.

Dlamini was abducted and disappeared for several weeks before he and other kidnapped MDC members and civil rights activists turned up at various police stations just before Christmas.

In an interview with RadioVOP from his hospital bed, Dlamini said about eight members of the Zimbabwe Prison Team were sent to the Avenues hospital, armed with AK rifles and led by a Chief Superintendent Tarwirei, from Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

"What happened yesterday (Monday) was that there was a story which appeared in the Herald, which gave an impression that the state had reserved judgement for the bail application and a lot of rumours were communicated to us, suggesting that the state intended to revoke the bail. The suspicion was confirmed by the arrival of five detectives from Criminal Investigation Department – Law and Order Harare, the leader of the team introduced himself as Detective Chief Inspector Ntini, followed by Detective Inspector Muchada and Detective Assistant Inspector Mukwaira and two others whose names I have forgotten.

"Shortly afterwards eight members of the Zimbabwe Prison Team arrived at the hospital – armed with AK rifles and led by a Chief Superintendent Tarwirei, from Chikurubi Maximum Prison. He said he had brought these officers to provide security to us, as prisoners, so throughout the night – the prison officials kept us under watch and divided themselves into shifts. We are back in prison,” Dlamini said.

Dlamini said he has since contacted his lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, who has been making frantic efforts to get in touch with the Attorney General’s office and the magistrates court.

"I haven’t yet heard from him – I know this system, there is a lot of wickedness which extends from the people who kidnapped us initially in November and up to the AG’s office you will find some rogue elements – in the army, in politics and prison service.

“Which is why you will see that we were accepted into a prison, without a warrant of committal at all – which is improper in terms of the laws of this country and I know Mr Muchadehama must be taking a lot of frustration in his efforts to get an explanation from the court officials," said Dlamini.

Gandhi Mudzingwa, formerly Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s personal assistant, among the last three Zimbabwean political prisoners still in detention, Anderson Shadreck Manyere, a freelance photojournalist, held in the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison for nearly four months, accused of terrorism and Chris Dlamini, were among the last three Zimbabwean political prisoners still in detention.

Seven MDC members who were abducted in the same swoops by intelligence operatives are still missing. Fears have been expressed that some could be dead by now.