Ex-minister Ndlovu arrested, accused of robbery
By Staff Reporter
OUTSPOKEN former National Healing Minister, Moses Mzila Ndlovu and his two sons were on Monday arrested and detained by police at Figtree on claims of robbery which allegedly occured last Thursday.
This was revealed by 1893 MHRRM Secretary for Information and Publicity Thembani Dube.
“The 1893 MHRRM has been alerted that Moses Mzila Ndlovu and his two sons have been arrested by the Zimbabwean police today (Monday) on trumped up charges of robbery at the Figtree Police station in Matebeleland, Zimbabwe.
“The allegation of robbery, has been made, once more by a poacher that Mzila and his sons found poaching wood in their farm and apprehended and then released,” he said in a statement.
The said poacher later filed a robbery report against the ex-minister and his sons claiming he had been robbed of his cell phone.
“The police then visited Mzila and his sons on Friday the following day, inquiring about the case and Mzila indicated to them that he was due to report the case of poaching in his farm as the incident had happened a day before,” Dube said.
Ndlovu and his sons were then asked by police to report at Figtree police on Monday whereupon they were arrested and detained.
The 1893 MHRRM has secured lawyers for the founding MDC legislator and his co-accused sons.
The lawyers are Nqobile Sithole and Matshobana.
Mzila Ndlovu has had brushes with the Zanu PF led regime through his bold stance in demanding that government should own up to the 1980s Gukurahundi atrocities by the military.
Then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe is accused of presiding over killings which claimed an estimated 20 000 civilians in Matebeleland and Midlands provinces.
Mzila Ndlovu was in the UK recently for the Matebeleland Gukurahundi Genocide Conference arranged by the 1893 MHRRM.
“He spoke strongly about the need for Truth, Justice and Reparations for the Genocide and for a UN International Commission to be set up to investigate the Matebeleland Genocide,” Dube said.
“It would therefore not be surprising that he might be deliberately targeted by the system using other means and ways to get to him. His safety and that of his sons and family is our uttermost concern.”