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detain, charge juveniles over Mbare violence
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
January 25, 2011
are among 19 Mbare residents, who were arrested at the weekend and
charged with engaging in public violence.
The three juveniles,
Edwin Machokoto aged 16 years, Garikai Zuze aged 17 years and Thomas
Tasara aged 17 years, who all reside at Nenyere and Matapi Flats
in the high density suburb of Mbare and who were brought to Mbare
Magistrates Court on Tuesday 25 January 2011 were arrested on Saturday
22 January 2011 at the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) offices
in the volatile suburb, where they had sought refuge following attacks
by some ZANU PF supporters.
The police charged the 19 residents with contravening Section 36
(1) (a) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 by engaging in
The police alleged
that the Mbare residents attacked some ZANU PF youths with stones
and also threw stones at the police after clashing with some ZANU
PF supporters in the suburb.
The police claim
that the ZANU PF youths who numbered 15 were attacked while on their
way to the residence of their provincial youth chairperson identified
as Jim Kunaka who had raised a request for protection after being
informed that MDC youths were planning to attack him or his house,
a charge which was denied by the residents' lawyer Marufu
Mandevere of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners.
Kaviya released Thomas Tasara in the custody of his guardian while
Machokoto and Zuze could not be released as their parents or guardians
were not in court.
is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) filed an
application for the release of the sixteen residents on bail which
was opposed by State prosecutor Emmanuel Chipanda. The bail application
will resume on Wednesday 26 January 2011 before Magistrate Kaviya.
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