Welshman Ncube denied access to see incarcerated Minister

Bulawayo, – The Lupane police station was on Monday shut down to bar president of the smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic Change Welshman Ncube from meeting detained National Healing Minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu.

Mzila-Ndlovu, who belongs to the smaller of the MDC, was arrested on Friday for holding a Gukurahundi memorial service in Silwane area of Lupane.  He is still detained and expected to appear in court this Tuesday.

However on Monday afternoon Lupane police station was shutdown and heavily armed police officers were deployed to bar Ncube and his senior members from meeting Mzila-Ndlovu who is detained at that police station since Friday.

Nhlanhla Dube the Ncube led MDC spokesperson confirmed to Radio VOP that police shutdown Lupane police station to prevent Ncube and other party leaders from meeting the detained Mzila Ndlovu.

“The President and other party leaders went there early in the morning on Monday and were told to come back in the afternoon.  But when they returned they found the police station shutdown and heavily  armed  police officers with AK47 rifles deployed  around d  the station,” said Dube.

Dube said was surprised by the behaviour as they went there peaceful and only wanted to meet Mzila-Ndlovu.

A Roman Catholic Father Marko Mnkandla was also arrested together with Mzila-Ndlovu for addressing the same Gukurahundi memorial service where he reportedly said “that what was needed in the country was justice to be delivered to both victims and perpetrators of the Gukurahundi massacres”.

Mugabe’s government is accused by human rights organisations of murdering an estimated 20 000 innocent people in the early 1980s – under the pretext that there had been dissident insurgency in the Western Zapu stronghold.