27 busted as State security invade “protestors safe house”

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A riot police vehicle flees tyre burning protestors in Emakhandeni high-density area in Bulawayo last week. Pic by Mbuso Ncube.


State security agents have busted “a safe house” accommodating suspects of the violent demonstrations that occurred last week and arrested 27 suspected protestors led by one  Alistair Pfunye, the Mail and Telegraph can reveal.

The suspects were nabbed at house number 1 Pineleigh Close, Logan Park in the capital in the wee hours of today and they are assisting police with investigations at the Law and Order section.

Pfunye is former secretary general of ZINASU and he is alleged to be one of the masterminds of the violent demonstrations that left a trail of destruction nationwide.

“The suspects were in hiding and the safe house is the epicentre of their operations. They operated from there and state security agents acted on a tip off. This is just a  tip of the iceberg and more arrests are expected,” revealed our source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has vowed that all perpetrators of violence will be brought to book.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has also lambasted all the violent protestors including some rogue elements of the security forces and he  has ordered investigations .

The violent demonstrations were a knee-jerk reaction to fuel price increases announced by Mnangagwa.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have accused police of raiding injured citizens who are victims of last week’s violent demonstrations