The three who included the party’s youth secretary in the area Moses Mandigo were forced to tell soldiers anything that may lead to the arrest of the legislator for the area Oliver Chirume, provincial secretary for Information and Masvingo Urban legislator Tongai Matutu and party Chairman for Masvingo Wilstuff Sitemere.
“We were rounded up by about twelve soldiers who took us to the barracks where they started to accuse us of various crimes. The soldiers whose names we were not told started to force us to tell them the party’s ways of operations…we told them that we were too junior to tell them that.
“After going through the contact numbers in our phones, they then forced us to phone Chirume (MP) and pretend as if we were out to bomb the barracks. Because we were afraid, we just followed the commandments but Chirume was baffled by our gesture and shouted at us before switching off his mobile. We tried to do the same to Matutu and Sitemere but their mobile numbers were not reachable,” said Mandigo.
The three were later released without any incident but were told they may be picked up again if the need arises.
Chirume confirmed the incident.
“I am still shocked. I don’t know why they go to these extreme levels in order to paint us black. We are not villains. I was not aware that our youth were detained and forced to ask me nonsensical questions and I shouted at them… and my response to their calls saved them,” said Chirume.