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condemns the arrests of its officers and workshop participants in
Civil Education Trust (ZIMCET)
July 02, 2003
is horrified at the way that the police continue to turn victims
into offenders in selective application of the law. Two ZIMCET Regional
Officers and 20 workshop participants were the latest victims of
the continuing illegal arrests of innocent civilians who are always
released on no charge. The officers were in the middle of running
a workshop for volunteers running from June 12 to 15 2003 in Bindura,
when they were first disrupted by youths of the ruling party. The
youths wanted to know what the workshop was all about and what the
organisation stands for.
the officers approached the police for protection, this was not
immediately granted until the entire group had been harassed. Strangers
with only ruling party credentials went through their training material;
their rooms and the vehicles of the two officers had tyres deflated.
The harassment continued until the police only came in later in
the night of June 14, 2003 to arrest them. They were charged with
contravening section 11:17 of the Public Order and Security Act.
They were detained for two nights and released with no charge and
the usual "police can proceed by way of summons."
fifteen male detainees were accommodated in a crowded cell that
was filthy and the 7 women slept on the floor in the reception area
of Bindura Police Station where police officers jumped over them
from time to time.
this as a tactic that is meant to harass all those who are deemed
to have different views and opinions. The objectives of the workshop
were to set the ground for nation building by encouraging the formation
of peace committees that will spearhead development. ZIMCET is not
a political party and has never harboured such interests. The organisation
is not a front for the opposition either. ZIMCET is a non-governmental
organisation that is proud to work for development of this country,
through the building of tolerance in communities.
M. Mukoko, Public Relations Officer
Machel West, Belvedere
the ZIMCET fact
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