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    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    July 23, 2010

    ZimRights Murehwa North Local Chapter Treasurer in Mashonaland East, Lovemore T. Muziri (aged 70) was recently threatened by a ZANU PF official for supporting non governmental organizations saying they are anti-ZANU PF.

    Last week, on Wednesday 14July Muziri was ambushed by a Mashonaland East District Coordinating Committee member Funny Mavhingire, at Chingwaru Business Center, in ward 3, Murehwa

    Mavhingire was in the Company of three ZANU PF youths. Muziri was forced to remove his T-shirt with the inscription "Voice Up" which was distributed by Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition. After removing the T-shirt, Muziri was warned against supporting NGOS citing that they are an extension of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party. Mavhingire threatened to kill Muzari if he continues to advocate for human rights under the NGO umbrella, saying that he is now a professional killer, who escaped scot free in murder cases hence does not hesitate to take another life.

    Muzari went to report his case at Murehwa Police Station. The police reference number for his case is now in the hands of the ZimRights legal department.

    Meanwhile, ZimRights Masvingo regional Chairperson Joel Hita is waiting to be tried for allegedly hosting a public meting without police clearance.

    ZimRights condemns the dehumanization and intimidation Muzari suffered at the hands of Mavhingire particularly at this time when the COPAC outreach program is in progress. People are expected to air out what they want included in the constitution without fear of victimization. ZANU PF loyalists must desist from intimidating people and realize that the writing of the new constitution is not a political party campaign strategy, but a right for every Zimbabwean.

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