If any confirmation were needed that Zimbabwean police are not there to enforce the law, but to thwart opposition to Robert Mugabe, more than 30 MDC executive and councillors were arrested yesterday in Nkayi Central on charges of holding an illegal meetings.
The meeting was between MDC Matebeleland North provincial chairperson, Sengezo Tshabangu, his deputy Agrippa Sithole, the provincial organising secretary - Cornelius Mbayiwa, Lucky Sibanda, the Nkayi district chairperson, district executive members and 17 councillors.
The meeting was to welcome the 17 councillors who have just rejoined the MDC after defecting from Arthur Mutambara’s party.
The 30 were taken to court today and were remanded in custody to Monday after the case failed to proceed. Why local ruling councillors and politicians should be remanded in custody for holding a development meeting, yet criminals are allowed bail, only the attorney general, Johannes Tomana , would knows.
The question now before the courts is whether political party executives have to seek permission from the police to meet with their councilors, and whether the same applies to Zanu (PF) councillors and executives.
MDC national spokesperson, Nelson Chamisa, denounced the arbitrarily arrests and said it was unacceptable.
He said it showed that there was no freedom in Zimbabwe and the people were in bondage, just like the Israelites when they were still in Egypt.
Gilbert Kagodora, the Mashonaland Central provincial treasurer who is facing charges of undermining the authority of the President, was today referred to the Supreme Court by a Bindura magistrate, Charles Murove.
Kagodora was accused after he made the MDC Slogan “Mugabe Mudenga” .
He has challenged the Constitutionality of the Act which he is being charged under, the Criminal Law Codification Act, Section 33.
Kagodora was arrested at Wadzanai Business Centre in Shamva, Mashonaland Central province in June after addressing a rally that was attended by thousands of MDC supporters.