Police Hunt For Six MDC MPs

The six are Masvingo Urban constituency MP Tongai Matutu, Bikita West legislator Heya Shoko, Edmore Marima for Bikita East, Zaka North’s Ernest Mudavanhu, Bikita South Jani Varandeni and Senator Misheck Marava. Bikita district organising secretary Vincent Jaricha is also on the wanted list.

Their lawyer Martin Mureri of Makutu and Kwirira legal practitioners confirmed that his clients were being hunted for disrupting a gathering as defined in section 44(b) of the criminal law Codification and Reform Act.

“It’s true that the police want to arrest these MPs for a case which is not clear. They are just politicising everything because in as far as we know; these MPs have no case to answer. If they disrupted a Zanu (PF) meeting in August, why did they take long to arrest them?” asked

Meanwhile the Matabeleland Civic Society Consortium (MCSC) has started mobilizing its structures to resist next year’s elections unless there have been key reforms in the constitution and security sector as well as electoral legislative and media sectors.

Addressing journalists in Bulawayo on Friday, the Chairperson of MCSC Dumisani Nkomo said: “The Matabeleland Civic Society Consortium has been monitoring with grave concern the call for elections in 2011 without a clear broad democratic roadmap that guarantees peace and progress beyond the elections. We call upon the political leadership of this country and SADC to fully implement the GPA before any elections are held.”

“Our democratic space must fully give space and expression to the numerous interest groups that have been previously hugely marginalised. These groups include women, young people, the minority groups and people with disabilities as well as civic groups who have for a long time been victims of a democracy deficit created and sustained by this controlled, restrictive political space” he said.

Nkomo said MCSC included among other organisations, Bulawayo Agenda, Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association, Habakkuk Trust, Radio Dialogue and the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance.

He said MCSC is also seriously engaging the three political parties in the inclusive government and SADC over the issue.