Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko and his aides allegedly drove to Bulawayo Central Police station and interrogated the officer in charge identified as Chief Inspector Mpofu, and the Law and Order boss, for 20 minutes for arresting Zanu-PF youth aligned to the G40 faction.
Efforts by NewsDay to get a comment from Mphoko or the Minister of State in his office, Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga were fruitless. When contacted by NewsDay, Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango was said to be out of the office, while national police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi was said to be in a meeting.
This is the second time Mphoko has taken the law into his own hands. In July 2016, he reportedly approached Avondale Police Station in Harare at night and ordered the release of top Zimbabwe National Road Administration officials, who had been arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission on corruption allegations involving over $1 million.