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forces storm NGO offices in Masvingo, arrest 2 workers
Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD)
February 11, 2013
witnessed a bizarre incident as the crackdown on NGOs continues
unabated. Masvingo Central police officers stormed the National
Association of Non Governmental Organization (NANGO SOUTHERN
REGION) offices and arrested Benias Tirivaviri the Regional Coordinator
and also terrorized COTRAD program officers who were in attendance.
COTRAD shares office space with NANGO Southern Region. There were
no proper charges levelled against the 2 people who were arrested
and detained at Masvingo Central for nearly three hours. Amongst
the arrested is Zivanai Muzorodzi the COTRAD Program Officer who
was arrested in connection with the voter registration exercise
being undertaken by the COTRAD. In the same vein the police officers
besieged the COTRAD office looking for receipts of registered voters
as they were alleging that COTRAD was assisting young people to
register to vote such that they can participate in the forthcoming
elections. It appears to be part of an escalating campaign by the
uniformed forces to crush groups involved in the pro-democracy movement.
the continued of persecution NGOs amidst the claim for security
sector reforms as the country continues to prepare for general elections
expected some time this year.
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