35 MDC supporters arrested in Warren Park

mdc__chAt least 35 MDC supporters were arrested yesterday in Warren Park, Harare at a funeral to an MDC activist who died in a car accident this week.

The 35 were today transferred to Harare Central Police Station and charged with assault and theft. The police, however, are yet to identify the assault victims or the stolen property.

The father of the deceased is among those arrested.

In Midlands North Province, Lazarus Zviito, the MDC Zhombe Ward 6 chairperson and Tafadzwa Muchakagara who were arrested and remanded in custody since February 7, were released by the Kwekwe Magistrate court yesterday.

Zviito and Muchakagara were arrested on trumped up charges of public violence and had been in remand prison then.

They are facing charges of threatening Zanu PF ward vice chairperson, Ishmael Sibanda and intimidating Chief Samuel Samambwa.

They were released on a US$100 bail each for threatening Chief Samambwa and were further fined US$40 each for other minor charges they were facing.

Meanwhile, Edward Tseka Tandi, the MDC vice chairperson for Nembudziya in Gokwe, who died on Tuesday, has been buried at his rural home in Mutora, Nembudziya.

Hundreds of MDC supporters bid farewell to a strong leader in their ward who braved the assaults of Zanu PF to continue fighting for democratic change. Tandi was aged 54 years. He died at his Avondale home in Harare.

In the run up to the ill-fated 27 June 2008 presidential run-off election, Tandi was attacked by Zanu PF thugs in Nembudziya and had to undergo a major surgery.

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