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church under attack in Zim as police arrest Pastor and MP
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
April 15, 2011
Police in Lupane
have arrested a Catholic Priest Father Marko Mabutho Mkandla and
Bulilima West Member of Parliament Hon. Moses Mzila-Ndlovu for allegedly
convening a meeting without notifying the police.
who is represented by Nosimilo Chanayiwa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights (ZLHR) and Nikiwe Ncube of Webb, Low and Barry Legal
Practitioners, who is also a member of ZLHR was arrested on Wednesday
13 April 2011 and charged with contravening the country's
tough security laws.
Father Mkandla with contravening Section 25 of the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA) after allegedly convened a healing
service at Silwane Primary School in Lupane, Matabeleland North
without notifying the police.
The police also
charged Father Mkandla with contravening Section 31(a) (i) of Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly communicating
falsehoods prejudicial to the State and violating Section 42 (2)
of Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act that is causing offence
to persons of particular race or religion.
was also charged with contravening the Censorship and Entertainment
Control Act for allegedly possessing pornographic material. Although
the police record at Lupane Police Station showed that Father Mkandla
was released on Friday 15 April 2011 and transferred to Bulawayo
Police Station, his whereabouts were not known late on Friday.
On Friday 15
April 2011, the police arrested Hon.Mzila-Ndlovu. ZLHR lawyers attended
to the Bulilima legislator and will attend to him again on Saturday
16 April 2011.
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