MDC Alliance (MDC-A) national spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere has been arrested and is currently at Harare Central Police Station, according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). The ZLHR wrote on Twitter:
Broad charge against [Fadzayi Mahere] is sec 31 of Criminal Code ‘Publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state’ she is accused of – sec 31(a)(i) publishing or communicating a statement intending or realising risk or possibility of inciting or promoting public order or public violence or endangering public safety, with alternative charge, sec 31(a)(iii) – undermining public confidence in law enforcement agency.
Posting on Twitter this Monday, Nyasha Musandu said members of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Law and Order visited the home of Mahere on Sunday but she was not in. Mahere then turned herself in at C.I.D this Monday at 9 am in the presence of her lawyers.
The lawyer-cum politician been placed under arrest and awaits her warned and cautioned statement, Musandu further revealed.
[Advocate Mahere] has now been fingerprinted, given a form 242 (initial charge form) and issued with a warned and cautioned statement. She denies the charge.
Police are currently saying they do not intend to take [Advocate Mahere] to court today despite all paperwork having been completed and her having turned herself into CID Law and Order this morning at 9 am. They have offered no rational explanation for this.
Mahere is being accused of peddling falsehoods concerning a recent incident in which a police officer is alleged to have beaten up a mother and injured her baby.