<vote /> Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa yesterday condemned the arrest of two members of his executive inside 48 hours as government intensified its crackdown on suspected authors of last week’s damning communique calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down
Douglas Mahiya is set to appear in court today, while Victor Matemadanda’s whereabouts could not be readily established last night. His mobile phone continuously went unanswered, while police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment as she was said to be in a meeting.
Commenting on the arrest of war veterans, Mutsvangwa said,
“I condemn the arrest of my executive members. This comes in the wake of a mob justice -type rally addressed by His Excellency President Mugabe yesterday.
He also asked Mugabe to stop the persecution,
I call upon the President, as Head of State, to arrest forthwith the police action and the persecution of my comrades. As a fellow revolutionary and renowned statesman, why is he allowing such treatment of comrades who as young men sacrificed all they had including offering only life so freedom could be attained? From that sacrifice, His Excellency ended up being elected President in sovereign Zimbabwe. This high-handed over-reaction is surely uncalled for. Surely an announced withdrawal of political support by my executive colleagues, no matter how wounding to historical pride, cannot be grounds for such over-reaction.
Mahiya’s lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, said the State was shifting goalposts as regards the charges against his client.
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