MDC supporters arrested for Gaddafi “insult”

Two MDC supporters here have been rounded up by police for allegedly likening President Robert Mugabe to the deposed like Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Alexander Tigere, an MDC-T ward committee member and Rangarirai Foyo the party’s youth Chair for Gokwe Central District were picked up at different points and detained at Gokwe police station.

Police sources say the two will be charged for criminal insult of the president. Tigere and Foyo are in trouble for allegedly saying Mugabe would meet the same fate of Gaddafi who was killed by his countrymen after a four-decade dictatorship. The two are reported to have made the statements at the burial of party supporter Moses Chokuda slain by Zanu (PF) supporters including son of Midlands Governor Jaison Machaya.

Abraham Mutshena, the MDC Midlands North spokesperson, bemoaned the arrests and said they came at a time when his party’s supporters countrywide are worried about the conduct of police.

Sources told The Zimbabwean that Gokwe police, who were accused by High Court Judge Justice Nicholas Matonsi last month of trying to suppress the case of Chokuda, were frustrated that they had been exposed and their efforts foiled.

“The police saw the case of Chokuda as an embarrassment especially now that the Governor has agreed his son murdered him and made compensations. They now want to fix everyone,” said a source.

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