Zimbabwean authorities on Monday 03 September 2018 intensified their crackdown on opposition MDC Alliance party members after arresting leaders of the opposition party’s Youth Assembly and charged them with committing public violence.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers arrested Happymore Chidziva, the MDC Alliance party Youth Assembly leader, who is the Highfield West constituency MP-Elect, Chamunorwa Madya, the Deputy Secretary-General for the MDC Alliance party Youth Assembly and Mafaiti Mubaiwa, who is employed as a security personnel at the opposition party headquarters.
ZRP officers accused Chidziva, who is represented by Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) of contravening section 36 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) after he allegedly incited his MDC Alliance party supporters at a political rally held in July 2018 in Gweru in Midlands province to protest against an unfavourable election outcome and that they should defend their vote if Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) rigs the election in favour of ZANU PF party.
ZRP officers also charged Mubaiwa and Madya, who were represented by Nontokozo Dube-Tachiona and Gugulethu Mahlangu-Simango of ZLHR, with committing public violence as defined in section 36 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
The police officers claimed that Mubaiwa and Madya committed public violence when they participated in a demonstration held in early August to protest ZEC’s management of the July 30 harmonised elections. Chidziva, Mubaiwa and Madya, who are detailed at Harare Central Police Station, are expected to appear in court on Tuesday 04 September 2018.