via Mphoko hotel stay protestors arrested – NewZimbabwe 30/11/2015
FIVE activists were arrested at Rainbow Towers Hotel Monday for staging a protest against Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s continued stay at facility.
The hotel is also hosting the International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa (ICASA) which started Sunday with 5,000 delegates attending.
Mphoko checked into the hotel on December 14 last year with his family after being appointed vice president by President Robert Mugabe.
He has ignored pressure to vacate the hotel for cheaper accommodation to ease the strain on the cash-strapped government.
The protesters demanded that the vice president “immediately” check out of the hotel so that the money paid for his stay there can be channelled to the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com, the activists’ lawyer, Gift Mtisi, said the five protestors were charged with Criminal Nuisance in Contravention of Section 46 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act.
“They have been detained at Harare Central Police station and will appear in court probably tomorrow (Tuesday),” he said.
Those arrested were identified as Tendai Tendayi, Lynnette Mudehwe, Irvin Takavada, Elvis Mugari, Tonderai Chigumbu and Dirk Frey.
Frey was part of the Occupy Africa Unity Square protest with Itai Dzamara who was abducted on the 9th of March this year and not been seen or heard from since.
Mpoko, a wealthy businessman who owns a chain of supermarkets around the country, has been in the hotel since December last year.
His wife reportedly rejected three houses offered by the government saying that they were too small and, therefore, not suitable for the family of a vice president.