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Police Arrest MDC-T Youth Following Clashes With Zanu PF Activists

MDC-T supporters protesting in Harare recently. (Photo: VOA)

Three MDC-T youths, Taruvinga Magaya, who is Harare provincial youth assembly secretary for home affairs, Goodrich Mucherera and Chrispen Mundandi were arrested Monday by police on allegations of sparking public violence.

The arrests followed brutal attacks on the opposition party’s Harare MDC-T youth by suspected Zanu PF militia in Kambuzuma on Sunday at the launch of their #MyZimbabwe Campaign that left eight of them hospitalized.

According to Bridget Nyandoro who is the deputy information and publicity secretary for Harare province Youth Assembly, they were first attacked during the morning when they were still preparing for the rally.

Nyandoro said they managed to repel the attackers as they out-numbered them, but the suspected Zanu PF supporters re-grouped after the rally with reinforcements being bused from Mbare, Machipisa in Highfield and Kuwadzana.

“We are very sure and confident that these people were from Zanu PF because whilst we were at the rally our security team saw some kombis that were coming in from Mbare, Kuwadzana and Machipisa.

“They gathered at the Harare province Zanu PF chairperson’s house in the Joshua Mqabuko area ... They had a short meeting and regrouped at the chairperson’s house,” Nyandoro said.

She added that they could not report the attack to the police because some of the injured, who had sought refuge at a local police station, were briefly detained on allegations of sparking the attack.

Nyandoro said those arrested were detained at Harare Central Police Station and were expected to appear in court Tuesday.

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