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    Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ)
    February 20, 2013

    The Centre for Community Development In Zimbabwe (CCDZ) Programme Officer, George Makoni and local community organizer Gift Konjani who were arrested on Friday the 15th of February at the Church of Christ in Chegutu and detained at Kadoma Central Police Station over the weekend were released on bail and will appear in court on the 6th March 2013. CCDZ is facing charges of contravening the draconian Public Order and Security Act (POSA) Section 24 after holding a civic education meeting on the new Constitution and urging Chegutu residents to prepare for the harmonized elections expected later this year.

    Subsequent to Makoni's release, the police in Kadoma yesterday indicated an intention to prefer further charges against CCDZ for what they called "operating illegally" in terms of the Private Voluntary Act; despite being registered as a Trust. CCDZ nominated its Chairperson Mr Earnest Mudzengi to represent the organization in the legal proceedings pertaining to the fresh charges. The matter is being handled by Mr Chris Mhike of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

    We would like to express our gratitude to our members and civil society partners for their continued support and solidarity.

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