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Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
October 01, 2007

NCA spokesperson spends fifth day in Custody

The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) spokesperson, Maddock Chivasa who was arrested in Masvingo on Thursday 27 September 2007 is still languishing in the sub-human police cells at Masvingo Central Police station.

No charges have been leveled against him yet. Information from Masvingo is that the police are denying him access to food and lawyers.

Chivasa was arrested while on a rural outreach programme under the Zimbabwe Youth Forum banner whose board Maddock chairs. The organization is on a national offensive, engaging in civic and voter education of the youth across the country.

Student leader charged with treason

On Saturday, 29 October 2007, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) plain cloths officers, from the Law and Order Section arrested the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) SRC Vice President Mehluli Dube and subsequently charged him with treason. Treason in Zimbabwean law carries a death penalty. Mehluli falls into the category of Morgan Tsvangirai and the late ZANU Ndonga and veteran nationalist Ndabaningi Sithole who faced the same allegations.

The charges of treason are steaming from alleged subversive statements Dube made at a Crisis Coalition meeting held in Gwanda. The police are alleging that Dube eluded the police and they have been looking for him ever since then.

At the time of his arrest, Dube was attending the All Stakeholders Constitutional Conference in Bulawayo. He is being represented by a legal team of Arnold Tsunga and Dzikamai Machingura.

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