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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
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leadership arrested by armed police at a female capacity building
workshop in Harare
Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ)
March 11, 2007
Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ) leadership was arrested yesterday morning
by armed members of the riot police during their female capacity
building workshop at the YWCA
hostels in Westwood, Harare.
The workshop started on Friday the 9th and ended in haste on Sunday
the 11th of March as participants could not stand the heavy police
presence, with almost half the participants subjected to interrogation
at the venue. Those who were arrested are the National Chairperson
Prince Sinamane, the National Coordinator Innocent Kasiyano, Gender
Secretary for the University
of Zimbabwe branch Pretty Mupfurutsa, Chairperson of Kadoma
branch Zondai Phiri and Harare regional Chaiperson Tafadzwa Mukandi.
In a separate
incident the National Vice Chairperson Lawrence Mashungu was also
arrested with other comrades during the process of the Save Zimbabwe
Campaign rally in Highfields. The five were detained at Warren park
police station and Mashungu is detained at Southerton Police Station.
The five were arrested on allegations of violating the draconian
and Security Act (POSA), by not notifying the police about the
workshop while Mashungu was arrested on allegations of violating
the unconstitutional police ban of political rallies in Harare.
The police alleged that the YWCA meeting was linked to the Save
Zimbabwe Campaign rally which was scheduled at Zimbabwe grounds
in High fields Harare on the day of the arrests.
SCMZ registers its serious disappointment over the conduct of the
Zimbabwe Republic Police. SCMZ is a faith based welfare organization
whose meetings cannot be covered under POSA. It out rightly condemns
the barbaric act by the Sate Security agencies. Once again SCMZ
would want to remind and unequivocally sate that the duty of the
police is to protect citizens and not to harass and interfere in
citizen constitutionally enshrined and God given freedoms of association
and assembly. A female capacity building workshop is not in any
way a threat to public order. The workshop was meant to enhance
female members' participation in civic activities including
the Save Zimbabwe Campaign.
SCMZ believes in a just and peaceful society where citizens are
free to interact at any time and level. It also strongly advocates
for active participation of Young Christians in issues of Democracy
and good governance, particularly towards the resolution of the
current crisis bedeviling our country. In this regard SCMZ categorically
sates that it's a member of the Save Zimbabwe Campaign initiative
and shall continue supporting and working with any progressive forces
for positive change. SCMZ in clear and no uncertain terms also supports
the move to defy the unwarranted ban of political rallies in Harare.
However, in any noble struggle, you can not avoid pain but abandoning
the struggle is miserable, let''s avoid misery. SCMZ
calls upon non state actors to demand the repeal of oppressive and
evil laws like POSA which has resulted in severe curtailment of
free expression and enjoyment of God Given rights.
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