News roundup from MDC

douglas_mwonzora2In Manicaland, Hon Douglas Mwonzora (pictured), the MP for Nyanga North continues to be detained at Nyamaropa police station in Nyanga, four days after he was picked up by Harare police, and is yet to appear in a court of law.

He was expected to appear before a Nyanga magistrate today but by late afternoon, he was yet to arrive at the court. Hundreds of Nyanga residents, including MPs from Manicaland and other provinces turned up at the court in solidarity with the arrested 24 MDC supporters arrested on Sunday in Nyanga and Hon Mwonzora who was arrested on Tuesday in Harare. The 25 are being charged with trumped up political violence charges.

In Midlands North, Hon Rodgers Tazviona, the Zhombe MP together with four MDC activists from the area, was remanded in custody to February 24 on false allegations of threatening Chief Samuel Samambwa of Zhombe. The five were arrested on Tuesday following a scuffle at the end of last month over continued intimidation on MDC supporters in Zhombe by chief Samambwa through the village heads.

Hon Tazviona approached Chief Samambwa to request for a return of all MDC regalia and party cards that were confiscated from MDC members in his constituency. Every headman was expected to do a report on why the regalia were confiscated, which reports would be taken to JOMIC and the police to take action on the politically misinformed traditional leaders. A report is said to have been made at Empress police station by Hon Tazviona where the officer in – charge was said to be out.

In Mbare, Zanu PF thugs allegedly blocked vendors in the Mupedzanhamo market stalls from leaving the market last night to attend their all night vigil at the market place.

Meanwhile, in Matabeleland South, the Hwange council says housing is number one priority for the local authority as residents are often reliant on company houses which only serve them while they are on the job. The council Chairperson, Clr Ndlovu Kaboloma has said that the local board was committed to the housing project as this will afford Hwange town status once it is able to come up with a proper settlement model. – The MDC Today – Issue 150

He said the housing project was supported by the ward development network of councillors that has realised an urgent need to develop proper housing for the residents of Hwange.

In Bulawayo, the mayor Clr Thaba Moyo says council has begun working on formulating policies to protect the city from relocation of businesses and idle properties. Clr Moyo said council would apply city by laws to punish property owners who are closing their properties and leaving them idle yet there are people who are looking for premises to work from.

He said that council was keen to engage businesses in the town to promote viable and sustainable growth in the city of Bulawayo.

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