A Shona speaking Chinese national accused of assaulting a local traditional leader in Norton on Monday was Thursday reportedly seized by Zimbabwean immigration officials with reports indicating he was now in police custody.

Qiao Shunglong works for William Gung, a fellow Chinese national running Sunny Yifeng Tiles factory in the satellite town.

“Two immigration officers arrived and picked him up for questioning. The issue seems to have turned political,” Gung told NewZimbabwe Thursday evening.

Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed Shunglong was in their custody but refused to give further details saying the matter was now in the hands of the courts.

Shunglong on Monday allegedly attacked Chief Chivero, real name Brown Shopo, when the traditional leader had visited his workplace to solicit for jobs for his subjects.

His employer has since denied claims any of his workers attacked the traditional leader while claiming Chief Chivero had come to his premises to demand US$16 000 from him as a token of appreciation for doing business in his land.