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Police quiz internally displaced people, disband meeting and arrest resident
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

February 11, 2011

Police on Thursday 10 February 2011 visited and quizzed 61 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)'s, who are sheltered at Silveira House, about 15 kilometers outside Harare.

The 61 IDP's are being sheltered at Silveira House after fleeing from their homes in Mbare suburb due to the current wave of political violence that erupted in the high density suburb.

Two policemen who claimed to be stationed at Mabvuku Police Station visited Silveira House on Thursday 10 February 2011 and quizzed three pastors namely Reverend Useni Sibanda, Reverend Wilson Mugabe and Reverend Josephat Umali.

The police sought explanations on why the IDP's were being sheltered at Silveira House and whether they had come from Epworth, one of the volatile areas, which has been engulfed by political violence.

The police recorded the names and identification (ID)'s particulars of the displaced people and asked them about where they had come from.

The 61 people are part of the more than 100 IDP's, who were raided and briefly detained on Monday 7 February 2011 at a church premise in Glen Norah suburb, Harare.

In Mabvuku, four Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agents and three policemen on Thursday 10 February 2011 quizzed Tsuro Makona of the Zimbabwe National Network of People Living With HIV/Aids (ZNNP+) for organising a Community Aids Forum, which was jointly convened together with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and the African Regional Youth Initiative in the high density suburb of Mabvuku.

The meeting was disbanded as the CIO agents and the police demanded to see a copy of the police clearance letter.

In Epworth, police on Wednesday 9 February 2011 arrested and detained Samora Kandembiri, a resident for allegedly committing public violence. By late Thursday Kandembiri, who is represented by Eriam Musendekwa was still detained at Domboramwari Police Station.

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