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frustrate, interrogate lawyers representing tormented Minister and
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
April 19, 2011
Police in Hwange
on Tuesday 19 April 2011 blocked lawyers who were travelling to
Hwange Magistrates Court in Matabeleland North province to represent
the co-Minister of the Organ on National Healing and Reconciliation
and Integration Hon. Moses Mzila-Ndlovu and Catholic Priest Father
Marko Mabutho Mkandla, who were set to appear in court this morning.
The police blocked
the lawyers Lizwe Jamela, 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 from reaching
Hwange Magistrates Court after they surprising set up a road block
as lawyers entered into the coal mining town to attend court proceedings
for Father Mkandla and Mzila Ndlovu, who have been languishing in
police detention since their arrest
It appears that
the police roadblock had been mounted specifically to target the
lawyers for yet unknown reasons.
at the road block, one police officer quickly jumped into the lawyers'
vehicle and ordered them to drive towards Hwange Police Station.
The police are currently interrogating the lawyers and ZLHR fears
that this could delay or fail them to represent their clients, who
are supposed to appear in court this morning.
and Bulilima West Member of Parliament Hon. Mzila Ndlovu were arrested
on Wednesday 13 April 2011 and Friday 15 April 2011 respectively
and charged with contravening the country's tough security
laws such as the Public
Order and Security Act and the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly convening a
healing service at Silwane Primary School in Lupane, Matabeleland
North, without notifying the police.
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