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TRANSFORM ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ABDUCTED AND DETAINED IN CHIMANIMANI TODAY WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE 2014 at 8:30am
Transform Zimbabwe President Jacob Chengedzeni Satiya Ngarivhume has been detained by state security agents at Chimanimani police station, after he was abducted from his hotel room around 8.30am on charges that are still not clear. Mr Ngarivhume denies any wrong-doing and expressed his disappointment that police continue to abuse their powers and harass those working peacefully towards national renewal and recovery based on tolerance, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. He has challenged the police to conduct themselves in a non-partisan and professional manner, and live up to their Constitutional duty to protect all citizens irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, or political affiliation.
Earlier in the day at around 4am, party members travelling with the President, were also harassed by Zanu PF militia lead by Chimanimani district chairperson Bhuku Antony Machingauta, who declared that “Chimanimani is a no go area for any other party but the ruling Zanu Pf”.
The abductions come in the wake of successful meetings in Chimanimani and Rusitu a day before, where the TZ message was overwhelmingly received and Chimanimani community was eager to participate in transforming the nation. Transform Zimbabwe have recently been touring the Manicaland province and meeting the people to promote the message of national transformation. The groundswell of support for the new party is fast gathering momentum and the party has grown to over 100 000 since launching in December 2013.