POLICE have arrested Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s security officer and two MDC-T supporters for allegedly assaulting a police officer and a Zanu-PF supporter at a rally in Kambuzuma on Sunday.
The three have been identified as Ambitious Muzuva (36) of Kambuzuma Section 3 who is employed as security officer for the PM, Passmore Jaricha (28) of Epworth and Lovemore Chimbangu (19) of Kuwadzana 1.
They are detained at Warren Park Police Station while investigations are underway.
Police yesterday dismissed reports by some sections of the media that they disrupted the MDC–T rally in Kambuzuma as misleading.
Harare provincial spokesperson Inspector James Sabau said the attack on the police officer was premeditated.
“MDC-T Harare provincial organising secretary youth wing told people gathered at the rally that they were going to deal with police officers at the venue,” he said.
“A commuter omnibus was stopped by MDC-T youths at around 1410hrs.
“The conductor, Gerald Mandaza (23) chanted a Zanu-PF slogan and this infuriated MDC-T supporters and one of them stabbed him with a sharp object on the left shoulder.”
MDC-T youths went on to deflate the commuter omnibus’ front right tyre.
“Mandaza was rushed to Parirenyatwa for medical attention and he is reportedly in a stable condition,” said Insp Sabau.
“Twenty minutes later, four MDC-T youths approached a police officer who was monitoring the rally.
“One of the youths recognised him and asked what he was doing at their meeting.
“The four manhandled and dragged him for about 500 metres away from the meeting.”
The police officer was taken to a footbridge between Kambuzuma 2 and 3 where more youths emerged from a nearby maize field armed with knobkerries, stones and knives.
The youths punched and kicked the police officer and took away his Nokia E300 cellphone before he escaped with minor injuries.
Warren Park police officers were later called to the meeting with a back-up team and after the three suspects were arrested the rally continued.