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Zimbabwe Briefing - Issue 102
in Zimbabwe Coalition (SA Regional Office)
February 14, 2013
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NGOs attacked within two (2) months
Human Rights Association is appalled with the pace and growing
trend in state interference with NGO work in the country. The civil
society sector has seen six of its players being raided by the police
and some drawn to courts between the month of January and February.
Sadly, ever since we have heard of volumes of accusations labeled
against civil society actors, we are yet to learn of a single entity
that has been convicted or just found on the wrong side of the law.
was ZimRights that was attacked
with the tormenting dating back to the 13th December 2012 when its
Deputy National Programmes Coordinator was arrested allegedly for
manufacturing fake voter registration slips. To follow was the laying
of charges on ZimRights as an institution and the arrest
of Okay Machisa the director, on 14 January and detained in remand
prison for two weeks.
Last week the
nation heard of the arrest
of Bulawayo based National
Youths for Development Trust officials reportedly for possessing
voter registration slips. The offices for the organisation were
subsequently searched and some material collected to police station.
The Bulawayo incident coincided with the summoning of Habakkuk
Trust chief executive officer Dumisani Nkomo to Plumtree for
questioning by police over a meeting the non-governmental organisation
(NGO) held in the area. Two days into this week, Zimbabwe
Peace Project (Harare), National
Association for Non-Governmental Organisation (NANGO Masvingo
Office) and Masvingo based Community
Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD) were raided.
It is sad but happening.
and suspicious part of it is that the trend usually surfaces when
the nation is heading for some crucial national events. The situation
that has arisen is reminiscent of the period leading to the 2008
election. Taking into account that there is a possible referendum
and general elections thereafter, we begin to think that this is
the reason why civil society operations are curtailed. It is indeed
tempting to conclude that some political players perceive the industry
as a threat to their interests. ZimRights is of the view that civil
society should speak with one voice before the whole sector is rendered
obsolete. We also concur that the sector has to borrow a leaf from
Pastor Martin Niemoller's teachings as quoted by Pedzisai
First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because
I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did
not speak out Because I was not a Socialist . . . . . . Then they
came for me And there was no one left To speak out for me.
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