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members wrongly fined
Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
October 24, 2003
members of the NCA who had remained in police custody after the
NCA demonstration of Wednesday 22nd October 2003 have been released
after being coerced into paying fines of $5 000 each. The NCA Chairperson,
Dr Lovemore Madhuku, however, remains in police custody after refusing
to pay the fine for the simple reason that he has not committed
The police spuriously
charged Dr Madhuku and 77 other NCA members under Section 19 of
the Public Order and Security Act (POSA), which gives reference
to gatherings conducive to violence. Notable is how the police have
failed to bring up a charge of violence against the NCA members.
What the police have done is to simply abuse an obscure section
of POSA to justify their wanton atrocities against peaceful citizens
demanding nothing by basic freedoms. This is because the alleged
offence of simply gathering is not proportionate to the brutality
with which the police responded to the NCA's peaceful procession.
The fines that
have been imposed on our members by the police are, therefore, baseless
and we are moving to nullify the so-called admissions of guilty
through legal channels. If anything the imposition of such dubious
fines has become part of the government's overall strategy to silence
us by trying to bleed the NCA financial coffers dry.
Let it be known
that the NCA cause will not be paralysed by these ZANU PF inspired
medieval political tactics. The NCA will continue in its resolve
to fight for a democratic constitution in Zimbabwe. Together with
the NCA partners in the progressive branch of civic society, we
are co-ordinating on how the struggle for democracy should best
proceed in the wake of the ZANU PF government's latest atrocities
against the citizens of Zimbabwe and humanity.
A special press
conference on the Way Forward will be addressed by Dr Lovemore Madhuku
and other strategic players in the struggle against political repression
on Monday 27th October 2003, 10 00 hours at the NCA Head Office,
348 Herbert Chitepo Avenue, Harare.
Members of the
press and other interested parties are invited to attend.
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