Bulawayo's New Party Organising Secretary Arrested

Bulawayo, – The organising secretary of the secessionist Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) Maxwell Mkandla was briefly detained by police in Bulawayo on Wednesday evening. Radio VOP has learnt.\r\n

MLF official, Sabelo Ngwenya, told Radio VOP that Mkandla was picked up by police from his Mzilikazi home and detained at Central Police Station.

The police also confiscated the organisation’s calendars with the map of the imagined state of Mthwakazi, T-Shirts and documents. Last month Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri allegedly instructed his commanders in Matabeleland to monitor the activities of the radical organisation and arrest its leaders if necessary.

MLF was officially launched in Bulawayo in January. It said its main agenda was to liberate the oppressed Ndebele people and establish an independent state of Matabeleland. President Robert Mugabe is on record as saying Zimbabwe will never be divided into two ethnic based states.

But the militant movement is gaining popularity among youths in Matabeleland.Two weeks ago it elected a young female school teacher Nonsikelelo Ncube, to lead the Zimbabwe operations.

Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara woes continue after the High Court ordered on Wednesday that he he should not represent the splinter Movement for Democratic Change in any way until the court rules on the matter.

Bulawayo High Court Justice Ndou gave an interim relief order sought by the MDC and its secretary general, Priscilla Misihairambwi Mushonga to prevent Mutambara from purporting that he is still the MDC president despite stepping down at a party congress last month to become an ordinary party member.

Mutambara has refused to vacate the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister after he was redeployed to the Regional Intergration ministry in line with what the Welshman Ncube executive committee had resolved.

Mutambara went on to announce that he had fired Ncube, who is now the president of the party after being elected at an annual congress a few months ago. Ncube national council responded also by firing Mutambara from the party saying he had tarnished the name of the party by proclaiming that he was still the president of the party.