Mbare violence, 20 in police custody
Harare (New Ziana) – The Zimbabwe Republic Police on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of at least 20 people in connection with the violent skirmishes that rocked Mbare high density suburb on Monday.
The skirmishes, which left one person dead, were allegedly perpetrated by suspected opposition Citizens Coalition for Change youths over the control of vending stalls at the popular second-hand clothes market called Mupedzanhamo.
The youths went on a rampage burning vending tables and second-hand clothes, with calm only being restored after the police moved in.
Space barons belonging to the opposition party regularly cause chaos at that market by demanding money from vendors.
In a statement, police spokesperson assistant commissioner Paul Nyathi said the suspects included Taurai Mbidzi, Norest Gwangwava, Beverly Chimedza, William Masomera, Raphel George, Freedom Hondera, Bonface Muza, Hwahwa Mbariro, and Tawanda Thompson.
Others included Maraka Munaki, Albert Maurambadoro, Brighton Nyamadyare, Ronald Mutyandafa, Tatenda Matamba, Tembalani Chire, Tinotenda Matose, Edika Chimhako, Lawrence Guti, Norman Kasa and Edmore Mandofa.
“The suspects went on a rampage destroying vending stalls and motor vehicles while fighting for the control of vending stalls. The value of property destroyed is yet to be established,” he said.
“The public is urged to be law abiding citizens, conduct social and economic activities in a peaceful manner to assist the Police in the maintenance of law and order in the country.”