Po­lice ques­tion Zapu youth leader

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba

ZAPU re­gional spokesper­son and youth leader Mr Iphithule Maphosa was yes­ter­day picked up for ques­tion­ing in con­nec­tion with the de­fac­ing of road signs along Robert Mu­gabe Way in Bulawayo.

Res­i­dents woke up on Mon­day to find signs along the street named af­ter Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, re­placed with signs writ­ten “De­vo­lu­tion Way.”

The signs were de­faced from Con­naught Av­enue right up to 15th Av­enue.

Mr Maphosa told The Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day that he was de­tained for about two hours at Bulawayo Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion.

“I got a phone call from the po­lice Law and Or­der sec­tion sum­mon­ing me to visit their of­fices at Bulawayo Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion.

“I went there with Tanita Moyo, the party’s or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary for Bulawayo prov­ince. When I got there they took pic­tures of me and fin­ger­prints be­fore ad­vis­ing me that they had called me in con­nec­tion with the de­fac­ing of the road signs along Robert Mu­gabe Way,” he said.

Mr Maphosa said he pro­fessed ig­no­rance and told the po­lice of­fi­cers that he had noth­ing to do with it.

“We sup­port de­vo­lu­tion as a party but we’re not re­spon­si­ble for de­fac­ing the road signs. It’s just spec­u­la­tion be­cause of my po­lit­i­cal in­cli­na­tion and as an ad­vo­cate for de­vo­lu­tion of power in my per­sonal ca­pac­ity,” he said.

Mean­while, the 8th Zapu con­gress kicked off in Bulawayo yes­ter­day with the party pres­i­dent Mr Du­miso Dabengwa call­ing for strength­en­ing of re­la­tions among op­po­si­tion par­ties.

Chair­man of the Coali­tion of Democrats Dr Simba Makoni and vice chair­man Pro­fes­sor Welsh­man Ncube also at­tended yes­ter­day’s of­fi­cial open­ing of the three-day con­gress.

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Tendai Biti-led Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Mr Gor­den Moyo was also in at­ten­dance.

Mr Iphithule Maphosa

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