Matinenga arrested again

Harare - Eric Matinenga, a newly-elected member of parliament and prominet barrister was arrested on Saturday for the second time in recent days on allegations of incitement to public violence.

 “He has been arrested. It’s the same case,” said police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena. This refers  to the case on which he was cleared two days ago.

  An MDC spokesperson said three plainclothes policemen  picked him up at his home on Saturday morning. “Our member of parliament for Buhera west, Advocate Eric Matinenga, was taken away this morning by three men who claimed to be policemen,” said  Nelson Chamisa.

 “No reason was given, but the men said they were taking him first to the fraud squad, then to Buhera. This harassment and intimidation have reached unacceptable and alarming levels.”

The incident came a day after police detained MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai for the second time in a week, as he campaigns ahead of the June 27 run-off against President Robert Mugabe. Matinenga had been released on Thursday, five days after he was arrested when he went to visit opposition MDC activists in his constituency who had been detained on suspicion of public violence. Police suspected him of paying opposition activists who had gone around the constituency attacking supporters and activists of president Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.  



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