<vote /> Police yesterday arrested nine people, among them four civil rights activists and five freelance journalists, accusing them of storming Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s hotel in Harare demanding that he checks out and relocate to his government-issued mansion.
The latest arrests came a day after police crushed another anti-Mphoko demonstration and arrested National Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe leader Stern Zvorwadza and two other protestors before releasing them without charge. You can watch the video of their arrest here
Opposition parties yesterday vowed to continue piling pressure on the Zanu-PF government to avoid unnecessary waste of State resources.
“Mphoko’s apparent love for living life on the fast lane is a monumental embarrassment not only to himself, but to all patriotic Zimbabweans. The man has so far proven to be a deal big joke!"
MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi also condemned the arrest of civil society activists,
“We view this as a blatant contempt of the Constitution that gives the people the permission to express themselves in a manner they want. The arrest and intimidation of human rights activists in Zimbabwe is not only criminal but a waste of time and resources since that will not stop the people of Zimbabwe from exercising their constitutional rights. President Robert Mugabe is now cornered and now facing more embarrassing protests until he steps down"
- Witness Matema
- Mercy Mugove Sibanda
- Joshua Sacco
- Takunda Claude Nyakauru (Jedza)
- Mufakose 1 High School
- Mufakose 2 High School
- Alfred Munhenga (King Alfred)
- Moe Chanda
- Bessy Muzvidzwa
- Tendai Chirau