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Zimbabwe Secret Service Blocks Youth Leader's Access to Parly

Speaker of Parliament of Zimbabwe, Jacob Mudenda, presides over an august house dominated by his Zanu PF party.

Platform for Youth Development Trust director Claris Madhuku was denied access into parliament Tuesday by suspected Central Intelligence Organization operatives who took him to Harare Central Police station for questioning for up to four hours.

Madhuku, who had driven to parliament from Chipinge in Manicaland province at the invitation of youth and empowerment parliamentary portfolio committee chairman and Zanu PF member of parliament for Gokwe-Nembudziya, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, said the officers wanted to know what his interest in parliament was for him to drive such a long distance to attend a single session.

Madhuku, whose mobile phone was confiscated upon his release, told VOA Studio 7 his interrogators accused him of plotting to demonstrate against President Robert Mugabe in parliament.

He was only given his phone Wednesday but after receiving a warning not to associate himself with people trying to allegedly remove the president from office.

Madhuku said his interest in attending the Tuesday session stemmed from a meeting held last year between Chinyamukwakwa residents and ethanol producer Green Fuel (Pvt) Limited that was also attended by the portifolio committee on youth and empowerment which later produced a report on the company's operations.

He said Wadyajena had notified him that the Chisumbanje ethanol report was to be discussed in parliament Tuesday.

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