Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday summoned the two co-ministers of Home Affairs to demand an explanation of the police action taken against members of the Harare City council amid charges Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo and a prominent ZANU-PF businessman acquired land from the city through irregular dealings.
Police arrested Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda and eight councilors after businessman Philip Chiyangwa complained he had been defamed by the council.
Mr. Tsvangirai summoned Home Affairs Co-Ministers Kembo Mohadi and Giles Mutsekwa and also held a separate meeting with the Harare councilors arrested for issuing a report calling for Chombo and Chiyangwa to be arrested. The report also called for the repossession of a house it said was illegally acquired by former city Commission Chairwoman Sekesayi Makwavarara.
Co-Home Affairs Minister Mutsekwa told VOA Studio 7 reporter Sandra Nyaira that he and Mohadi take the matter seriously and will report to Mr. Tsvangirai once they have investigated it. He added that police decisions in the first instance fall to Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri.