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March 09, 2007
4 men purporting to be officers from the Zimbabwe Republic Police
(ZRP) Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Murehwa district
raided the Progressive
Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) offices in Harare on Wednesday
7 March searching for radios being distributed by the organization.
four, named only as Jonga, Bhamu, Mhaka and Zengeya, were driving
a Mazda Eagle and were suspected to be from the Central Intelligence.
According to the PTUZ, the key issue which was being raised was
where the radios were taken from and if they had paid duty. they
demanded receipts and invoices, threatening to produce them would
imply that they are British funded and donor driven.
of the PTUZ refused to surrender any information as the issue of
radios is being dealt with in the High Court and they were urged
to go through their lawyers. The raid was interjected by Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) who told the officers that they
were not allowed to visit the offices since the case was already
at the courts.
The case went
to court after the lawyers filed an urgent application against the
seizure of radios from teachers by suspected CIO agents at Chemhondoro
School in Murehwa. Six radios were seized by the state agents at
the school. PTUZ members have been facing intimidation since Ray
Kaukonde the Governor of Mashonaland East castigated radio distribution
and vowed to deal with anyone who had anything to do with the radios.
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