Masvingo Provincial Secretary for Elections, Phillip Manyanye and Gutu district chairperson, Fabian Mamombe are languishing in filthy police cells at Mpandwana Police station after they were arrested by a dozen of police officers at Zororo Country Club in Gutu west constituency.
MDC Provincial information officer, Honest Makanyire, confirmed the incident “It’s true that two members of the provincial leadership were arrested for distributing our party news letter, The Real Change Times, by rogue and overzealous police officers in Gutu. We are very much worried about the continued Police clamp down on our party members especially the leadership,” said Makanyire.
“It’s undoubtedly a political move by Zanu (PF) to try and make sure that our supporters do not get access to information from our party. The news letter is official and must be distributed freely without any one stopping others just like how Zanu (PF) news letters are distributed.
“It’s clear that Zanu (PF) want people in the rural areas to access only public media that churns out their propaganda, but we will make sure that the people get other sources of news and our news letter will continue to be distributed,“ he said.
Police Spokesperson, Tinaye Matake, declined to comment over the issue and referred all the questions to his headquarters in Harare.