War veteran arrested over Mugabe rebuke
Zimbabwean police said on Thursday they had arrested a top official of a war veterans association that called President Robert Mugabe a corrupt dictator, and human rights lawyers said the leader had begun a crackdown on his former allies.
Douglas Mahiya, information secretary of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), was detained on Wednesday over a statement the association issued last week attacking Mugabe’s rule. The government has labeled the statement “treasonous”.
“The police is investigating that case, and the arrest is in connection with that case,” police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told reporters. She declined to go into details or address speculation that the government planned to detain other war veterans.