Cops secure release of MDC activist

zrp_badgeHARARE - MDC activist, Patrick Kamanga, 26, who was abducted and assaulted by Zanu PF thugs at a torture base yesterday morning, was released in the evening after the polices intervention. Working on a tip-off, Mbares Matapi police officers made a follow up, tracking down the thugs from their base in Mbare.

However, no one was arrested. Kamanga said he was abducted and kept hostage at Mbare 3 market stalls where he was interrogated on the whereabouts of the MDC members. He said they asked him where he was staying and why he disappeared from Mbare in the last two weeks. He said they moved him from Mbare 3 Musika to Koffman plot where they further assaulted him on the feet asking him to volunteer information on the whereabouts of the Mbare district executive members. The police from Matapi Police Station rescued him later in the evening and he managed to receive treatment for injuries sustained.

Meanwhile, Rowdy and drunk Zanu PF supporters today disrupted a meeting being chaired by Bulawayo Central MP, Hon. Dorcas Sibanda at Bulawayo hotel where the MP was collecting oral evidence on the operations of Mpilo General Hospital. There were disturbances at the hotel when Zanu PF supporters stormed the hotel and started disrupting the proceedings.

The police arrived after some minutes but did not chase the mob. Instead they took the MP to Bulawyo Central Police Station and accused her of holding a political meeting at a public institution, without notifying the police or Zanu PFs Cain Mathema. Hon. Sibanda was detained for an hour before being released without any charge and told that the police had saved her from the Zanu PF mob.

“The Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr. Henry Madzorera was aware of the meeting. What is surprising is that the police did not treat me as a complainant because they detained me in and left the Zanu PF youths without question, said Hon. Sibanda.

The MDC Today – Issue 158

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