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pick up MMPZ coordinator, confiscate DVDs as MMPZ employees endure
second night in police cells
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
December 06, 2011
Police on Tuesday
6 December 2011 raided and picked up Media
Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) Project Coordinator, Andrew
Moyse for allegedly possessing some materials on Gukurahundi and
confiscated some Digital Video Disc (DVD)'s from the organisation's
officers from the Harare Central Police Station's Law and
Order Section namely Detective Assistant Inspector Phiri, Detective
Sergeant Chinyerere, Detective Sergeant Kasambita and Detective
Sergeant Munatsi stormed the MMPZ offices in Milton suburb in Harare
around mid-morning on Tuesday 6 December 2011 and took Moyse with
them for "interviews with decision makers."
The police officers
who attempted to justify their raid on the MMPZ offices on a search
warrant confiscated 127 copies of some DVD's from the media
monitoring organisation's offices.
the search warrant the police claimed that they had information
that MMPZ was in possession of some compact discs comprising some
material on the Matabeleland mass killings known as Gukurahundi.
police had indicated that they intended to charge Moyse with contravening
Section 31 (a) (ii) of the Criminal
Law Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly communicating
or publishing false statements prejudicial to the State, they only
interrogated him for several hours and profiled him and his organisation
before releasing him. The police remained in possession of the DVD's.
Moyse, who was
represented by Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) member lawyers Trust Maanda,
Gift Mtisi, Rose Hanzi and Tawanda Zhuwarara, is the third MMPZ
employee to be questioned by the police inside two days after the
arrest of two project
officers, Fadzai December and Molly Chimhanda on Monday 5 December
and MMPZ member Gilbert Mabusa were arrested on Monday 5 December
2011 after they attended at Gwanda Police Station in the company
of their ZLHR lawyer, Kossam Ncube to 'answer questions'.
Their attendance to the police station followed requests by Gwanda
police officers that they should visit Gwanda Police station for
questioning relating to a workshop conducted in the area in November.
and Mabusa, who on Tuesday 6 December 2011 endured their second
night in police custody were charged with contravening section 25(1)
(b) of the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA), for allegedly 'participating
in a gathering without seeking authority from the regulating authority'
and also for allegedly contravening section 37(1) (b) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act, by 'distributing material
that is likely to provoke a breach of peace'.
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