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SCORES of MDC Renewal Team supporters were reportedly detained in Mutare last week for holding illegal night gatherings in the eastern border city.

Party sources said police swooped on Renewal Team meetings in Chikanga’s Ward 16 last Monday night after they got a tip off that membership mobilisation exercises were being held in the suburb.

Such meetings cannot be held without authorisation from the police under the Public Order Security Act.

Manicaland’s ZRP spokesperson could neither confirm nor deny the arrests saying they were yet to confirm with authorities at Chikanga Police Station.

However, MDC Renewal Team spokesperson in Manicaland and former Makoni South legislator, Pishai Muchauraya, confirmed that one of their meetings in Chikanga was disrupted by police.

He said some of their members were briefly detained and later released without any charges.

“Yes a meeting was disrupted in Chikanga and our members were briefly detained by police and later released,” said Muchauraya.

He blamed the arrests on members of the rival MDC led by ex-premier Morgan Tsvangirai, accusing them of trying to disrupt their activities.

“We were told it’s a well-known MDC-T sympathiser who tipped the police to come and disrupt the meeting. They are after us,” said Muchauraya.

Source : New Zimbabwe