He shall remain in custody pending his sentencing which will be passed next Saturday.

Mudiwa, who is in his first term as an MP, is said to have kidnapped a 13 year old girl in 2007, a matter which his lawyer Douglas Mwonzora maintains is unfounded and politically motivated.

Mwonzora says he will on Monday file a High Court application to challenge Mudiwa’s conviction.

“We are launching an appeal against his conviction this coming Monday,” said Mwonzora.

“Our grounds are that there is evidence that the matter is clearly political as the complainant is connected to a Zanu-PF candidate he defeated in the elections, Chris Mushowe.”

Mwonzora says Mushowe could be having a hand in the matter saying he had been using the girl during his campaign rallies for the March 2008 parliamentary elections.

According to Mwonzora, the girl would be asked to stand before crowds narrating her “ordeal in the hands of Mudiwa”, something he claims was intended to de-campaign Mudiwa.

The parents of the complainant are said to be staunch Zanu-PF supporters.

“This is clearly a political conviction,” he said, “It has nothing to do with the law and all but confirms what the MDC has been saying that Zanu-PF is determined to decimate its parliamentary majority.”

Arrests on MDC activists and officials have not stopped even with the formation of the all inclusive government.

Since the March 29, 2008 elections, the MDC has witnessed the arrest of numerous of its officials.

MDC secretary general Tendai Biti was last year arrested on treason charges while MDC treasurer, Roy Bennett also faces terrorism charges.

Buhera West legislator Eric Matinenga and Chipinge East MP Mathias Mlambo were also arrested for allegedly inciting political violence while Highfields East MP Pearson Mungofa and Tichaona Mudzingwa, MDC secretary for defence were both arrested for causing disaffection among members of the uniformed forces.

Similarly, Epworth legislator Eliah Jembere was arrested and later cleared on charges of rape, while Blessing Chebundo MP for Kwekwe Central has just been granted bail on rape charges.

Kwekwe Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa and Tapera Sengweni, both MDC officials were last month also bundled into the Chebundo case, allegedly for attempting to defeat the course of justice.

Chimanimani West legislator Lynette Karenyi was early this year convicted for forging the signatures of four nominees to her candidature.

Lately Toendepi Shonhe, MDC director general was arrested and faces perjury charges.

Thousands more MDC functionaries have been arrested on different allegations which the MDC continues to describe as trumped up.

Home Affairs co-minister Giles Mutsekwa told Parliament last week politically motivated arrests would soon be “a thing of the past”.

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