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Masvingo councillors, activists arrested over PVO Bill violence

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Masvingo councillors, activists arrested over PVO Bill violence



MASVINGO – Police has arrested two Masvingo City opposition councillors and two activists over violence that forced the PVO Bill public hearing at Charles Austin Theatre postponed last Thursday.

The four are Ward 9 Councillor Bernard Muchokwa, Ward 4 proportional representative Councillor Esther Zishiri, Jona Wakurawarehwa and Struggle Nyahunda.

They were arrested by officers from Masvingo CID Law and Order this morning and are charged with Disrupting public gathering as defined in section 44(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act).

Masvingo Police Spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa said he was looking into the matter when contacted for a comment.

Ironically video footage in the hands of The Mirror shows Zanu PF thugs led by popular money changer Esau Mutanhu assaulting and dragging Nyahunda out of the theatre.

The thugs who include Junior Tawanda Mukwazhi, Councillor Sharon Marongedze and a woman only identified as Princess have not been arrested or called in for questioning. The thugs also disrupted a parents meeting at Ndarama High School last week.

Wakurawarehwa in particular is accused of continuously switching the lights in the auditorium on and off during the hearing.

“On the 16th day of May 2024 at around 1200 hours where it is alleged that, I disrupted the Parliamentary voluntary committee meeting which was held at Charles Austin Theatre Auditorium by switching on and off the lights continuously…,” reads part of his warned and cautioned statement under DR05/24.

Meanwhile almost all PVO Bill public hearings were abandoned across the country after alleged Zanu PF thugs attacked anyone who spoke against the bill. The hearings were abandoned in Masvingo, Gweru, Marondera and Harare.

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