50 MDC-T Youths Arrested During Free Madzore Campaign

Madzore’s the President of MDC-T youth assembly and seven others have been languishing at Chikurubi Maximum Prison following his arrest October in connection with the killing of a Glen View policeman, Petros Mutedza.

By early morning police had sealed all roads leading into Bulawayo city centre from high density suburbs and searched all vehicles before arresting hordes of MDC-T who were in trucks getting into town for the Free Mdzore demonstration.

Promise Mkwananzi the MDC-T youth assembly secretary general told Radio VOP that those arrested were detained at Bulawayo central police and others at Nkulumane police station.

“There are more than 50 of our members arrested today some are locked up at Bulawayo central police station and others at Nkulumane police station. Police have mounted roadblocks at all roads leading into the city centre and our members were being searched before getting arrested.

When Radio VOP visited MDC-T offices along Fort Street in Bulawayo heavily armed riot police were gathered with police dogs.

Bulawayo provincial Chairman Bekithemba Nyathi told Radio VOP by phone from Bulawayo Central station that he was arrested together with more than 30 youths and there were being beaten by police.

“I have arrested with 30 other comrades and there are assaulting us,” said Nyathi

Tsvangirai in December came under fire from his party’s Youth Assembly for failing to ensure the release of Madzore, saying he is treating the issue with kid gloves.

Mkhwananzi said they wanted the party to treat Madzore’s arrest in the same manner it treated treasurer-general Roy Bennett’s arrest.