MDC Senior Official Arrested Over Cop Murder

Police detained him at Harare police station where they interrogated him about the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedza.
 
Addressing journalists at the party headquarters, Harvest House MDC youth assembly secretary general, Promise Mkwananzi condemned the arrest of Madzore saying it was driven by ulterior motives.
 
“The MDC Youth Assembly President Solomon Madzore was arrested at his house today at 1305hrs. The MDC Youth Assembly condemns in the strongest possible terms the unwarranted harassment and intimidation of its leaders and members,” Mkwananzi said.

“The arrest of Madzore comes in addition to thousands of our members and supporters that are either in detention, or being intimidated by Zanu (PF) terrorists outfits such as Chipangano that continue to walk scot free. The Youth Assembly wishes to state that Solomon Madzore is innocent; he has not committed any crime. Recently, the police arrested the MDC Youth Assembly Deputy President Costa Machingauta for no valid reason.”
 
Mkwananzi said the MDC views the arrests of it’s members as “an obvious ploy to weaken the Youth Assembly ahead of the coming elections” adding that police have been acting partisan in the past months denying the MDC youths to gather and march in Harare.
 
“The MDC Youth Assembly is a law abiding entity. As recent as last week, on the 26th of September 2011, the MDC Youth Assembly notified the police of their intention for a peace march. As usual, the police turned down the march,” Mkwananzi said.
 
” He (Madzore) should be released unconditionally and with immediate effect. Further, the assembly re-affirms its determination to press ahead with the democratic agenda of delivering real change to the people of Zimbabweans. We are not intimidated, we will not waiver. We are committed to deliver the change that Zimbabweans want and no amount of terror or intimidation will deter us.”
 
Madzore’s lawyer, Gift Mtisi of Musendekwa and Mtisi Legal Practitioners confirmed the arrest of Madzore whom he said was being interrogated by the police led by Detective Chief Inspector Clever Ntini from the Law and Order Section at the Harare Central Police Station.

The arrest of Madzore brings to 27 the total number of Glenview residents and MDC members who have been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of Inspector Mutedza, who lost his life in Glen View on May 29, 2011.

Eight Glenview residents have since their arrest been detained in prison after High Court Judge Justice Tendai Uchena dismissed their bail applications.