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Two Crisis Coalition officers arrested
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
November 16, 2011

Two Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition program officers, Beloved Chiweshe and Maureen Gombakomba and representative from Zimbabwe Organisation for Youth in Politics (ZOYP) were today, 16 November 2011 arrested while convening a civil society coordinating committee meeting at the Kwekwe Theatre in Kwekwe. Charges proffered against them are yet to be established.

According to reports received by the Coalition, Chiweshe and Gombakomba, who were discussing the progress of the constitutional reform process with more than 90 CSO representatives, were arrested under the nefarious Public Order and Security Act (POSA) by 7 police officers and 2 members of the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) led by Detective Mahlangu. They are currently being held at Kwekwe Central Police Station. The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) have since deployed Reginald Chidavanyika, a Kwekwe based human rights lawyer.

'The Coalition is concerned with the increased persecution and intimidation of civic players by the state and the apparent shrinkage of democratic space. We demand the immediate release of the trio and resect of citizens' freedoms of association and expression particularly as the country as the country moves towards finalising the constitution making process and possible elections,' said The Coalition's spokesperson, Mr. Thabani Nyoni in response to the arrests.

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