Harare-MDC Alliance Vice Presidents Tendai Biti and Lynette Karenyi-Kore, and other party members who were arrested on Friday for criminal nuisance were not arraigned in court upon their arrival at the Harare Magistrate Court this Saturday morning, awaiting Regional Prosecutor Clemence Chimbari who is handling the case.
However, according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), opposition leaders were suddenly sent back to Harare Central Prison without informing the lawyers of the reason behind that decision, leaving them confused, ZimbabweVoice reveals.
“They have been taken from Rotten Row Magistrates Court and presumably to Harare Central Police Station,” said ZLHR in a statement.
The arrest of the MDC-A officials was confirmed on Friday by National Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi.
He said of concern was that some MDC-A supporters were attempting to retain the Harvest House which was recently occupied by the opposition MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe.
Tendai Biti, Lynette Karenyi-Kore, Gladys Hlatshwayo, Lovemore Chinoputsa, David Antony, and Vongai Tome were arrested on Friday for breaking peace at the Harvest House which is now in the hands of MDC-T.
Earlier on, Gladys Hlatywayo revealed on Twitter that senior prosecutors were not at the court and the available junior prosecutors were reportedly refusing to handle the case.