New twist to MDC officials' abduction saga
Speaking on Sunday, Nyathi said he told the Herald and Daily News reporters, when they phoned him, that he intended to find out from Harare police what had transpired.
The Herald on Wednesday quoted Nyathi who confirmed the trio's arrest, although he was still to find out where they were being held.
"I can confirm that the police arrested the three in Harare today in connection with an illegal demonstration, which occurred in Warren Park earlier in the day. They are in our custody and we are still making further investigations into the issue," Nyathi was quoted saying. "We want to warn members of the public, or any groups who are engaging in acts which affect efforts by the Government to fight Covid-19 that they will be arrested without fear or favour. They will only have themselves to blame."
Commenting on the matter senior journalist Brezhnev Malaba said, "Asst Comm Paul Nyathi is basically accusing the Herald & Daily News of lying that he confirmed the arrest of MDC-A youth leaders. This could become a crucial component of the abduction case. For legal reasons and by practice, journos keep notes or recordings. Their testimony will be key."
"MDC-A legislator Mamombe, 2 others arrested", #Herald 14/5/20— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) May 16, 2020
The state run @HeraldZimbabwe's story confirming that MP @JoanaMamombe & two MDC activists were arrested corroborates the fact that they were abducted by state agents from a police station!https://t.co/Nl7mBj3YIR pic.twitter.com/1ZCR0suK6O