AN MDC-T activist in Headlands was yesterday morning picked up by four armed people raising fears of more similar actions ahead of the forthcoming polls.
BY OUR STAFF
MDC-T secretary for Headlands, Samson Magumura was picked up by the quartet that also confiscated his wife’s mobile phone.
He was bundled into a white Isuzu truck.
Magumura’s whereabouts could not be established as a local police post said it was not aware of the arrest.
But later in the day, police called MDC-T provincial spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya informing him that Magumura was now in the custody of Nyazura Police Station.
“Police confirmed that he had been surrendered to Nyazura Police Station by officers from the Law and Order section for safe-keeping,” Muchauraya said.
Police spokesperson, assistant commissioner Charity Charamba said Magumura had been arrested by Criminal Investigations Department (CID) detectives on charges of attempted murder and malicious injury to property.
She said this followed the recent petrol bomb attack on the home of an aspiring Zanu PF councillor, William Chapepa who was hospitalised with serious burns following the raid on his home in Headlands.
But the MDC-T said the arrest was an assault on the party.
The party’s secretary general, Tendai Biti, told a press conference that the arrest was “unacceptable but typical of the environment that we are living in”.
Yesterday’s episode is set to raise political temperatures in the constituency barely a month after 12-year old Christpowers Maisiri died in an inferno.
Christpowers was son to MDC-T aspiring candidate for the constituency, Shepherd Maisiri.
The party pointed a finger at Zanu PF and has called for an international probe.
The former liberation party has denied the allegations.
Police claim that investigations established that the inferno was a result of an explosion of tobacco chemicals and ammonium nitrate fertiliser in the thatched hut the boy was sleeping in.