MDC Alliance vice-chairman and Zengeza West legislator, Job Sikhala, was arrested on Friday and charged with incitement to commit public violence.
Sikhala was amongst the 14 political activists that were wanted by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) for interviews.
In a short statement posted on its social media pages, the MDC Alliance did not reveal how or where Sikhala was arrested but only indicated that he was at a police station in the company of his lawyer. The statement read:
MDC Alliance Vice Chairman Job Sikhala has been arrested. He is attending at the police station with his lawyer.
We object to the continued persecution of our members. Job Sikhala has not committed any crime. His arrest is unlawful and we demand his immediate release.
Sikhala had gone into hiding during the lead up to the 31 July anti-corruption protests which were organised by Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume.
He had been in hibernation for several weeks with some social media reports claiming at one point, that he was holed up somewhere in Dema, a growth point in Seke District, about 40 kilometres from Harare.
Sikhala’s arrest is part of a wider clampdown on opposition activists since the calls for anti-corruption protests gained traction in mid-July.
Ironically, on Wednesday the ruling ZANU PF party expelled two of its politburo members, Tendai Savanhu and Cleveria Chizema on allegations of supporting the planned protests. However, neither has been arrested to face charges of inciting public violence.