Man Arrested for Attempting to Set MDC-T’s Harvest House on Fire

Man Arrested for Attempting to Set MDC-T’s Harvest House on Fire 20 June 2014 by Thomas Chiripasi

— An activist, who used to be in the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai, was Thursday arrested for allegedly attempting to set the opposition party’s headquarters on fire sometime last month.

Police arrested Leonard Dendera, who is backing calls for party leader Tsvangirai to resign, on allegations that he attempted to torch the opposition party’s Harvest House.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said Dendera was taken in for questioning following allegations by the opposition party’s security department that he attempted to fire-bomb the MDC headquarters last month.

Dendera was the first to make a police report claiming that he was assaulted by party spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, but the MDC-T lawmaker was absolved by the police in Masvingo, who said he was in the ancient town when Dendera was reportedly assaulted during the night at Harvest House.

This resulted in the police calling in some members of the party’s security department, who alleged that Dendera was about to set their headquarters ablaze when they chased him only for Dendera to dash to the police claiming that he had been assaulted by Mwonzora.

Charamba said investigations into the matter are still ongoing and could not shed light as to when Dendera would appear in court.

Tensions in the MDC-T have been rising after some of Tsvangirai’s lieutenants called for leadership renewal but those backing the opposition leader say he may only be removed at a congress.

Meanwhile, the MDCT’s youth wing on Thursday renewed its calls for mass protests saying they will embark on demonstrations soon.

The wing’s secretary for information, Clifford Hlatshwayo, said the Zanu PF government has failed to deliver on its election promises.

Hlatswayo said his party is worried that the majority of Zimbabweans are out of work.

He added that his party is also concerned by the government’s failure to provide free basic education in line with the new constitution.

Studio 7 failed to get a comment from Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora.