Police blitz on MDC members intensifies

Nomathemba Ndlovu, the MDC Matabeleland South Women’s Assembly chairperson, was yesterday arrested in Gwanda while distributing the Prime Minister’s newsletter in the town.

Ndlovu is being charged under the draconian Public Order and Security Act (POSA).

Reports from Gwanda say Ndlovu was distributing the newsletter and was summoned to Gwanda Police Station by one Assistant Inspector Machingura. She was immediately arrested upon her arrival at the station.

At the time of writing, Ndlovu’s lawyer was still trying to secure her release.

Police have intensified their persecution of MDC members in recent weeks. This week, police in Gweru arrested Abisha Nyanguwo, MDC Chief of Staff for frivolous charges bombing Zanu PF Gweru offices in December 2011. He appeared before a Gweru Magistrate and was given an outrageous $500 bail.

The harassment of MDC members is meant to cow them by a panicking Zanu PF ahead of the next elections.

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