Toyi-toying’ MDC-T youth chair arrested

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KWEKWE — MDC-T Midlands North youth chairperson and lawyer Tapera Sengweni, was on Tuesday arrested by the police and charged with criminal nuisance before Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s rally in Kwekwe on Sunday.

Blessed Mhlanga
Staff Reporter

Police allege that Sengweni was allegedly seen toyi-toying in MDC-T regalia along Third Street in Kwekwe’s central business district ahead of Tsvangirai’s arrival.

Sengweni, who was briefly held at the law and order section and released after signing a warned and cautioned statement, has since denied the charges.

“I deny toyi-toying. I sang and danced at the rally and it is certainly not an offence to sing and dance for one’s party of choice,” Sengweni wrote in his defence.

Attempts to get a comment from the police were fruitless, with Kwekwe District spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Lawrance Machingura declining to comment on the matter.

Sengweni said a police officer only identified as Zembe, who opened the docket, told him they will proceed by way of summons if the case was to go to court.

The arrest of MDC-T political activists has increased as the country heads closer to the July 31 harmonised elections.

A total of 37 MDC-T supporters, according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, have been arrested in the past week alone for allegedly pulling down President Robert Mugabe posters.