Zanu PF Police arrest MDC-T activists in midnight raids

Harare, – Police officers in Harare arrested 15 activists belonging to the Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for allegedly taking part in the political violence that led to the death of a police officer in Harare's high density suburb of Glen View.\r\n

The suspects included the MDC-T official Last Maengahama together with his brothers. Sources said most of the alleged suspects were picked up during police raids in the early hours of Monday.

“Three siblings were picked up at House Number 4517, 1st Circle in Glen View 3 and these are Audious, Learmore and Precious Chitanda. These were picked up mainly because the mother is a very active member of the MDC-T,” said one source that declined to be named for fear of victimisation.

The source added that the number of those picked up could get to more than 20 but the exact figure could not be determined as other MDC-T supporters had gone into hiding.

An official in the MDC-T information department said they were still trying to account for some of their supporters from the area following the police raids on Monday.

“We are yet to get the exact figure of the people who have been arrested so far. Right now we are busy working on that,” said the MDC-T official.

Police spokesperson superintendent Andrew Phiri confirmed that the police had intensified their investigations over the incident but denied that they had arrested anyone. “We have not arrested anyone at the moment but investigations have intensified. In any investigation, the police will pick up people for questioning but that does not constitute an arrest. This is an event that involved a lot of people and not everyone was involved in the violence. It could be just 4-5 people,” said Phiri.

Violence erupted in Glen View 3 on Sunday after police officers confronted MDC-T supporters accusing them of holding a political rally without police clearance. The violence that ensued resulted in the death of a police officer. The police officer was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.