Vets spokesman Mahiya ar­rested

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Veter­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary for in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity Dou­glas Mahiya has been ar­rested.

Sources close to the mat­ter said Mahiya was picked by the po­lice yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

De­tails re­lat­ing to the charges he is fac­ing were still sketchy by time of writ­ing.

“Yes, he was picked by the po­lice but I don’t have much de­tail as yet,” said the source.

“If you can check to­mor­row I can give you more de­tails.”

Mr Mahiya quoted con­tro­versy after he presided over a war veter­ans meet­ing that de­nounced Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe last Thurs­day.

At the same meet­ing, a trea­sonous com­mu­niqué was covertly is­sued to mem­bers of the me­dia.

Among other things, the com­mu­niqué pur­ported that war veter­ans had re­nounced Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s lead­er­ship.

At the meet­ing, other par­tic­i­pants took turns to de­nounce the Pres­i­dent.

Some of the par­tic­i­pants who were vo­cal and blunt in at­tack­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in­clude Mr Fran­cis Nhando and Mr Victor Matemadanda.

In his con­tri­bu­tion at the meet­ing, Mr Nhando said no se­ri­ous in­vestor could com­mit his or her money in a coun­try with a 92-year-old leader.

War veter­ans, through their Min­is­ter Re­tired Colonel Tshinga Dube, dis­tanced them­selves from the com­mu­niqué.

De­fence Min­is­ter Dr Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi said the trea­sonous com­mu­niqué could be the work of Fifth Colum­nists.

It is un­der­stood that Gov­ern­ment had al­ready en­gaged its se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus to es­tab­lish the ori­gins of the com­mu­niqué and those be­hind its cir­cu­la­tion.

Dou­glas Mahiya

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