Newly elected Zanu PF MP, Terence Mukupe (Zanu-PF) spent a night in police cells after he was accused of attempting to obstruct the course of justice.
The Harare East MP was detained overnight at Rhodesville police station on Tuesday evening after he attempted to rescue some youths arrested in his constituency. The youths had grabbed a piece of land and threatened cops with violence. Mukupe was released without charge.
The seven Zanu-PF youths appeared in court yesterday facing criminal trespass charges in contravention of Section 132 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act after they invading an open space in New Tafara leased to Shelter Zimbabwe by Harare City Council.
The seven are Jonasi Jonasi, Brian Mungwari, Richard Yuda, Emmanuel Kamuchira, Darlington Mutambara, Nevedi Takundikana and Linah Munhenzva.
Harare magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo remanded the group in custody to today for bail application. Their lawyer, Mr Paul Machwaira registered his displeasure on how the matter was being handled by prosecutor Mr Michael Reza saying the seven had complaints about the police and that they were ill-treated and threatened with assault.
It is alleged that the group unlawfully erected their cabins and distributed the land among themselves. They planted their billboards at the site labeling their housing co-operatives.
The group allegedly threatened to use violence against police and the lessee, Shelter Zimbabwe.
They were arrested at the site while blocking Shelter Zimbabwe employees from accessing it