Concern for kombi passengers detained at army barracks

MDC-T MP for Makoni South, Pishai Muchauraya told SW Radio Africa they were worried because they still had not heard from their members

By Lance Guma
14 August 2012

MDC-T officials in Manicaland say they remain concerned about the whereabouts of passengers in a kombi which was forced to drive into the 3 Brigade army base in Mutare last week because they criticised the army involvement in the census.

Last Wednesday SW Radio Africa reported how the kombi was travelling from Rusape to Mutare when one of the passengers, a soldier, became incensed when other passengers started discussing the census that had been turned into such a fiasco by security forces trying to hijack the process.

When the Kombi got to Mutare, the soldier identified himself and told the driver to go to the 3 Brigade Headquarters in the city. A number of the passengers were senior MDC-T officials from Makoni district who immediately sent out text messages to the party of their predicament.

On Tuesday MDC-T MP for Makoni South Pishai Muchauraya told SW Radio Africa they were worried because they still had not heard from their members, six days on. He said they were trying their phone numbers which remain unreachable.

Asked if it was possible the activists had been freed and had not made contact, Muchauraya said that would be out of the ordinary. “The first thing they would have done is to come to the party offices and tell us what happened,” he said.

Muchauraya said it was also difficult for them as party officials to ‘walk into an army base and demand the release of our members.” He said the party will continue trying to locate their members.

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