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April 24, 2013
In yet another
unprecedented and brazen attack on members of the Zimbabwean civic
society signaling increasing paranoia by the law un-enforcement
agents ahead of crucial watershed elections this year Trevor Murai
from the Students Solidarity Trust was arrested in Mt Pleasant yesterday.
Trevor Murai who is the Information and Advocacy officer of the
Students Solidarity Trust, a youth based organization that provides
demand driven solidarity to the students’ community was picked
up by plain-clothes officers after making a presentation on elections
at a workshop organized by the Christian Alliance (CA).
In a typical
arrest-in order-to-investigate the plain clothes officers who were
masquerading as church members during the workshop apprehended the
unsuspecting Trevor after he had finished his presentation and told
him they believe he had a case to answer before taking him to Marlborough
Police station where he spent the whole night. By midnight yesterday
no charges had been preferred against Trevor Murai. SST officials
who made enquiries at the police station were only told that Trevor
Murai will be transferred to Harare Central Police Station Law and
Order Section early today where charges are going to be preferred
Trevor Murai visited him last night at Marlborough police station
to enquire about the reasons for the arrest but only discovered
that his case has been recorded as ‘embarking on voter education’
in the Detention Book (DB). This suggests that the state wants to
allege that Trevor Murai was doing voter education which has been
outlawed by the new Electoral
Act (Cap 2:11) through Section 40C (1) (h) read with 40F. How
can a mere presentation on elections suddenly become voter education?
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Solidarity Trust fact
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