Activists arrested over Mphoko hotel stay

via Activists arrested over Mphoko hotel stay – NewsDay Zimbabwe December 1, 2015

POLICE in Harare yesterday arrested five activists for demonstrating against Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s continued stay in an upmarket city hotel at taxpayers’ expense since his appointment as VP in December last year.


The activists, represented by human rights lawyer, Gift Mtisi, were still being questioned at Harare Central Police Station late last night, amid reports that police wanted to charge them with criminal nuisance in contravention of section 46 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. The five include Tendayi Lynnette Mudehwe, Dirk Frey, Irvin Takavada, Elvis Mugari and Tonderai Chigumbu. They are likely to be taken to court today.

Mphoko is just two weeks shy of clocking a full year in a five-star luxury hotel, as government has not yet secured him a suitable house “befitting his status” in the capital.