MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora has been arrested on fraud charges while another prominent opposition activist was “severely assaulted” by police, it was claimed Sunday.
Police spokesman Charity Charamba told the Sunday Mail: “I can confirm the arrest of Mr Mwonzora. It is in connection with misappropriation of trust funds.”
MDC spokesman Obert Gutu said Mwnzora was arrested in Rusape and released on bail.
He was expected to appear in court on Monday.
Mwonzora, a lawyer, was previously MDC spokesman and was only recently elected to the post of secretary general of the 15-year-old opposition party.
He has been arrested at least twice before in connection with his work in the party.
Meanwhile, MDC activist and former MP Job Sikhala was “severely assaulted” by a police officer and had to be briefly hospitalised, Gutu said.
He said Sikhala was assaulted by a female police officer when he reported to Harare Central Police Station for questioning in connection with an alleged plot to topple long time president Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwe’s beleaguered vice president Joice Mujuru has also recently been accused of involvement in a plot to topple Mugabe, 90, as fighting within the ruling party peaks ahead of a congress beginning Thursday.