MDC-T candidate probed over posters

KADOMA police on Tuesday arrested MDC-T Muzvezve constituency parliamentary candidate Patrick Musevenzo over allegations of putting up posters on private property without consent.

Blessed Mhlanga
Staff Reporter

 

Musevenzo is alleged to have entered Brompton Mine, owned by his opponent Peter Haritatos of Zanu PF on Monday and put up his campaign posters on trees at the mine, provoking the mine owner.

On getting information that police were looking for him, Musevenzo handed himself over in the company of his lawyer Douglas Chikwangwani of Javis and Palframan and his statement was recorded, before being released.

An uneasy Chikwangwani confirmed that his client had surrendered to the police, but declined to give further information.

MDC-T provincial secretary Felix Zifunzi also confirmed the arrest saying, it was only an attempt by Haritatos to use the police to instill fear on his opponents.

“Musevenzo was arrested after he handed himself to the police in the company of his lawyer. He was, however, not detained, but a statement was recorded,” he said.

“They accuse him of defacing Haritatos’ property, a charge he denies.”

Musevenzo said he did not put any posters on buildings owned by his fellow competitor, but instead put them up on trees.

“They told me that all the trees on Brompton Mine premises are owned by Haritatos and therefore, it was a criminal offence,” he added.

“My point is, if there is a polling station in the mine and a lot of people live and work there, I should be allowed to campaign in that area.”

Attempts to get comment from Mashonaland West police spokesperson, Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara were fruitless as his cellphone number was not reachable.

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