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MDC chief of staff arrested
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
Abisha Nyanguwo, the
MDC Chief of Staff, was yesterday detained for over eight hours
at the Harare Central Police Station’s Law and Order section
where he was quizzed over his involvement with the arson attack
on the Zanu-PF Highfield sub-offices.
According to Nyanguwo,
the police officers came looking for him at his Harare residence
in the early hours of Sunday but he was not there. They left a message
that he should come to the Law and Order section on Tuesday.
He went to the police
station yesterday in the company of his lawyer, Aleck Muchadehama
where he was told that his name was being mentioned by some identified
informers into the bombing of the Zanu-PF offices on 28 September.
He was made to sign a
warned and cautioned statement before he was released in the evening
and told to come to back on Thursday.
“Of course I denied
the charges as I have nothing to do with Zanu-PF and let alone attack
them or their offices,” he said.
In 2012, Nyanguwo was
arrested and spent a month in remand prison on similar false charges
that he was involved in the bombing of Zanu-PF offices in Gweru
in December, 2011. He was later acquitted of the charges.
The Chief of Staff said
he hoped that his latest arrest is not part of a broader agenda
to associate anyone in the MDC with the Zanu-PF Highfield bombing.
Last week, James Chidhakwa,
a member of the National Youth Assembly was arrested on similar
charges and was only released after three days, as the police could
not establish his link to the bombing of the Zanu-PF offices.
The MDC maintains that
it is a peace loving party and will never be involved in clandestine
activities such as the destruction of property. Our position is
that the bombing of its Highfields office is part of infighting
and factionalism in Zanu-PF ahead of its conference and the provincial
elections where they are failing to hold the elections in a peaceful,
free and fair manner.
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