MDC Alliance leader arrested

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By Chengeto Chidi

MDC Youth Assembly Chairperson Obey Sithole has been arrested, and currently detained at Harare Central Police Station over allegedly taking part in an illegal demonstration last month in Warren Park.
Sithole handed himself to the police this afternoon in the company of his lawyer, Obey Shava who confirmed the arrest and destination.
“I confirm that he was arrested this afternoon by the Harare Central Police Law and Order Section, he has been charged with 2 charges, the first one being that of contravening Section 37 subsection 1(b) of the Criminal Codification Reform act in that he participated in a gathering with intent to promote public violence when they allegedly staged a demonstration in Warren Park sometime this month,” he said.
Sithole is also facing charges for violating Lockdown regulations, enacted by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as a response to Covid19, which include banning of gatherings exceeding 50 people.
“The second charge arises from the same set of circumstances which specifically relates to the violation of Section 5 of the lockdown regulations which prohibits the gathering of more than 50 individuals in a public place except those who are exempted,” he said.
Shava said Sithole is denying the allegations but is currently detained by the police and awaits appearing in court Wednesday.
“The police is alleging that my client and others were not exempted, they were more than 50 when they gathered. We are denying all these allegations, we have since given our response to the police giving the details and the nature of our defence or the basis upon which we are denying the allegations,” he said.