By James Martin
Harare Ward 16 Councilor Denford Ngadziore was on Monday arrested by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) at Harare Magistrate court and has since been charged with disorderly conduct.
Ngadziore, who is an MDC Alliance member, was in the company of his party’s youth members among them youth leader Obey Sithole and Makomborero Haruzivishe when they staged a protest at the court over the death of a vendor Hilton Tafadzwa Tamangani.
Tamangani who was among the 11 vendors arrested in Harare CBD a week ago, succumbed to injuries allegedly from police torture at Harare Remand Prison on Saturday and his remaining ten colleagues have since been granted bail.
Ngadziore’s visit to the magistrate court was meant to offer solidarity to the remaining ten who were also assaulted and tortured.
Anti riot police approached the group of MDC youths who were singing at the entrance of the magistrate court, assaulted and manhandled Ngadziore and other youths before arresting them.
Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi could neither confirm nor deny the arrest of Councilor Ngadziore and his colleagues instead saying he was tied up.
However human rights lawyer Douglas Coltart, who was at the court challenged the police to justify their actions which he said were unlawful.
Coltart told this publication that the assault and arrest of Ngadziore and his colleagues is just demonstration of how repressive the state is.
“This is just typical repression by the state. Here we have a person who was tortured and died at the hands of the police.
“People just come to court to offer solidarity and the police have no grounds to arrest people who are showing support to the victims of police torture”, he said.
Ngadziore was represented by Gift Mtisi from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.