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  • Detention Diary
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    June 29, 2011

    The police have continued with arresting more people in connection with the death of a police officer in Glen View. Investigations have established that 19 of these people were nowhere near he scene, but those 19 remain in custody. Now it turns out that more people, presumably MDC members are being arrested for the same case. On Monday Tendai Chinyama, the MDC-T's Kambuzuma district organizing secretary was also remanded in custody over the alleged murder. Meanwhile the rest of the accused being held over the death are still waiting for the court to make a ruling on their bail application which is expected tomorrow at 1400hrs at the High Court.

    Police have also arrested The Standard newspaper Editor Nevanji Madanhire together with reporter Patience Nyangove on a recent story on the arrest of Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jameson Timba, which Nyangove wrote last week. Mr Timba had been arrested for allegedly calling President Mugabe a liar, was released on Sunday after High Court judge ruled that his detention was illegal. Ms Nyangove together with Editor Nevanji Madanhire are currently detained at Harare Central police station where they are being charged with criminal defamation although it is unclear where the charges are emanating from.

    In another case High Court Judge Justice Bhunu yesterday acquitted Minster of Energy and Power Development Elton Mangoma who had been on trail for allegedly flouting tender procedures in the procurement of fuel. In his ruling Justice Bhunu ruled that the Attorney General's Office failed to gather factual evidence case against Hon. Mangoma. In his defence, Minister Mangoma said his arrest was an attempt to scuttle the criminal prosecution of senior executives at the State-run fuel procurement company, the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe which he had already initiated with the Attorney General' Office. Hon. Mangoma said his arrest and detention was meant to afford the perpetrators of fraud at Noczim free reign to destroy the available evidence. Hon. Mangoma's yet again awaits trial of allegedly contravening Section 174 (1) (a) and Section 174 (2) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 on the 18th of July 2011. The State alleges that Hon. Mangoma unlawfully and intentionally abused his public office by failing to follow proper tender allocation procedures.

    Meanwhile police yesterday summoned seven Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) members to stand trial tomorrow on Wednesday 29 June 2011 at the Harare Magistrate Courts for allegedly causing a nuisance in a public place by participating in an unsanctioned demonstration. The members are Vonai Maphosa, Zhuama Njoya, Portia Masawi, Gladys Kausiwa, Felistas Mateveke, Fiona Mazivanhanga and Annastambia Phiri. We strongly urge the Zimbabwean government particularly the security sector, to create a safe environment that ensures political tolerance.

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