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NCA activist arrested
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
activist and Platform for Youth Development (PYD) Coordinator Claris
Madhuku was yesterday 14 April 2011 arrested during a meeting with
community leaders at Rimbi outside UCCZ Church in Birchnough Bridge.
being charged for holding an illegal meeting which has not been
sanctioned by the police, he is detained at Chisumbanje Police Station
and due to appear in court today.
organised by the Platform for Youth Development was discussing about
the land dispute between Macdom Investments and the locals. Macdom
Investiment has claimed the land which traditionally belonged to
the Chisumbanje people as their communal land.
The NCA condemns
the arrest and hence will continue guarding against rights of citizens
being suppressed through the suppressive tools of the state.
In the 2008-9
season, Macdom destroyed over 135 hectares of maize and cotton belonging
to the residents on the strength that he has offer letters from
the government signed by the President of Zimbabwe R.G Mugabe and
the Deputy President Joyce Mujuru.
The same scenario
was repeated in the 2009-10 season where up to 150 hectares of ready
maize and cotton were ploughed down.
PYD has been
working tirelessly with the Chisumbanje community in assisting them
reclaim their land. Early this year the organization submitted a
petition via the Minister of State and Enterprises Mr. Goden Moyo
and copied to the President and Cabinet, Prime Minister and Council
of Ministers, Minister of Lands and Agriculture to that effect.
that Macdom Investments be officially barred from interfering with
the communal land belonging to the residents of Chisumbanje.
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