Police in Mashonaland West arrested 110 people over violence that occurred from Monday to Wednesday in Chinhoyi, Magunje, Makonde, Karoi and Kadoma.
One person died while five others were injured in Kadoma after police tried to respond to attacks by violent demonstrators who were attacking Rimuka Police Station and the Zanu-PF district headquarters. A police officer said 86 people were arrested in Chinhoyi for various crimes such as disorderly conduct, malicious damage to property, unlawful entry and theft and public violence. About 35 people appeared at the magistrates’ court in Chinhoyi and Kadoma facing charges related to the violence. The trial of 15 people facing allegations of public violence continued on Friday with witnesses testifying before Chinhoyi magistrate Mr Felix Mawadze. Two suspects had initially pleaded guilty to the charges before altering their pleas after a lawyer from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights took up the case.
In Kadoma, 20 people including MDC Alliance district chairperson Michael Gore appeared before the Magistrates’ Court for allegedly inciting public violence, burning of a Zanu-PF district party office and destroying various properties. Kadoma Magistrate Mr Takudzwa Gwazemba remanded the group, facing charges of public violence and malicious damage to property, in custody to January 22. Businessman Wellington Maketa and Gore were arrested at the courts while attending the case of the 18 others.