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  • ZZZICOMP monitors assaulted
    Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) Independent Constitution Monitoring Project (ZZZICOMP)
    June 28, 2010

    Three ZZZICOMP monitors were on Sunday 27 June 2010 assaulted by some ZANU PF youths in Mashonaland West.

    The three monitors Paul Nechishanu, Artwel Katandika and Shingirayi Garira were seized by some ZANU PF youths at Scarffel Farm, Glynamel Farm and Baguta Primary School where they were monitoring the constitution making process. The ZANU PF youths used logs to assault the monitors.

    Garira sustained injuries on his eardrum while Nechishanu and Katandika suffered head injuries.

    The three monitors lost their mobile phones and some money.

    Only two of their mobile handsets were recovered on Monday after they were surrendered to the monitors' colleagues by some ZANU PF supporters.

    The assault of the ZZZICOMP monitors follows the arrest of two other monitors in Manicaland. The two monitors Tapera Mavherevhedze and Godfrey Nyarota and their driver Cornelius Chengu were arrested on Thursday 24 June 2010 while monitoring the constitution making process in Mukuni, Mutare North and charged with contravening Section 81 (3) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) for practising journalism without accreditation.

    They were freed on Friday 25 June 2010 after paying $20 each in bail money. They will appear in court on 9 July 2010.

    ZZZICOMP is concerned about the increasing undue intimidation and harrassment of our monitors. We therefore appeal to COPAC to ensure the safety of the monitors in line with the call for tolerance of divergent views as well as zero tolerance to violence by the principals at the launch of the outreach process.

    For further information and comments please contact the ZZZICOMP at Email:, Hotlines:+263 916 404256-9 /+263 916 404292

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