The opposition MDC Alliance (MDC-A) on Monday dismissed social media claims that party president Nelson Chamisa had been arrested.
Open Space had, without giving details, posted on microblogging site Twitter that Chamisa had been arrested. The post read, “MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa arrested. More to follow.”
In a brief statement on its social media channels, the MDC Alliance dismissed the claims as fake news. The statement read:
“This [the post by Open Space alleging that Chamisa has been arrested] is fake news. Please don’t spread this falsehood. It isn’t true.
“President Nelson Chamisa has not been arrested. He is going about his normal MDC Alliance Party business and meetings. We request journalists to exercise responsible and ethical journalism.”
This comes after youths aligned to the judicially-reconstructed MDC-T announced that they have resolved their differences with the MDC Alliance and jointly occupied Harvest House, the party’s national headquarters.
According to ZimLive, nine MDC Alliance youths were arrested on Monday morning in the vicinity of Harvest House, which was reclaimed by the party last night.
The youths have been identified as Shallon Muvirimi, Winnet Dick, Fadzai Maboreke, Jaison Kautsa, Tafadzwa Matekenya, Tendai Muchekahanzu, Learnmore Chitima, Kingsley Mwachandi, Jeremiah Maponde.
In a statement issued on Monday by Paul Gorekore on behalf of the MDC Youth Assembly (Harare Province), the youths said they made the move as the party had been infiltrated and captured by ZANU-PF elements battling to destroy the “People’s Movement.”