MDC-T youth arrested for political violence

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AN MDC-T youth was on Sunday arrested for allegedly assaulting a member of Welshman Ncube’s MDC accusing him of wearing a
T-shirt emblazoned with his party leader’s face.

Pamela Mhlanga

In an interview with Southern Eye, the MDC youth, Justin Ncube (29), said the incident occurred at Pumulani Motel in Gwanda around 9pm.
“I had gone to Pumulani Motel with a group of MDC youths to watch soccer when we met Ralph Dube who was also among a group of MDC-T youths,” he said.

Ncube said the group of MDC-T youths, who were wearing their party regalia, approached him and started questioning him why he was wearing his party’s T-shirt, instead of wearing one of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai-led party. They then allegedly assaulted him.

Ncube alleged that Dube started pushing him around before slapping him several times on the face.

“I later reported the matter to Gwanda police and they came and arrested the MDC-T youth before locking him up for the night,” he said.

MDC youth assembly secretary-general Discent Bajila confirmed the incident, saying he had received a call from Gwanda on Sunday night on the matter.

Contacted for comment yesterday, the Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed the incident, which he said emanated from an argument about why the MDC member was supporting a different political party.

“The accused, Dube, is under police custody and is assisting the police with continuing investigations,” he said.

He warned the public to desist from instigating political violence towards elections, but instead learn to co-exist and tolerate each other.