War vet­eran ar­rested over Mu­gabe re­buke

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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.

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