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Zimbabwe MDC Leader Welshman Ncube Briefly Detained by Police

July 11 (Bloomberg) -- Welshman Ncube, leader of a splinter movement of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change, was briefly detained with about 20 other party officials late yesterday.

Ncube, who is one of three party leaders in the ruling alliance, was returning from a meeting in the resort town of Victoria Falls, the party said on its website. Police later released the officials, who included Moses Mzila Ndlovu, a cabinet minister.

“Our understanding is that they were held under the Public Order and Security Act for allegedly holding an illegal meeting and were arrested at a police roadblock,” MDC spokesman Kurauone Chihwayi said in a telephone interview from the capital, Harare today.

Zimbabwe’s state-controlled Herald said the MDC officials hadn’t been arrested. The newspaper quoted Matabeleland North’s most senior policeman, Edmore Veterai, as saying the officials were asked what they were doing for their own security.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Durban at blatham@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.

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