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representatives endure second night in detention as police plot
to transfer them to Bulawayo
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
November 06, 2012
Services Unit (CSU) representatives will on Tuesday 6 November
2012 endure their second night in custody after the police detained
them overnight at Harare Central Police Station and indicated their
intention to transfer them to Bulawayo.
Police on Monday
5 November 2012 arrested Fidelis Mudimu, Zachariah Godi, Tafadzwa
Gesa, James Zidzimu and Penn Bruno in a sustained onslaught against
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO)'s after raiding
the CSU offices in search of "offensive and subversive material"
from the organisation's offices in Harare.
Two of the CSU
employees James Zidzimu and Penn Bruno were released from police
custody late Monday evening together with Daily News photo-journalist
Watson Ofumeli, while Mudimu, Godi and Gesa remain in police custody,
where the police had not formally charged them by late Tuesday evening.
told lawyers Dr Tarisai Mutangi, Tonderai Bhatasara, Rose Hanzi,
Kennedy Masiye and Jeremiah Bamu from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human
Rights, who are representing the three CSU employees that they intend
to transfer them to Bulawayo on Wednesday 7 November 2012, where
they claim the offence which they intend to charge them for was
From their interactions
with the police, lawyers have been advised that the CSU employees
allegedly defaced a bill board and an information centre in Bulawayo.
During the raid,
the police confiscated a computer, some files and other materials.
a search warrant, issued by Superintendent J. Murenje, the police
officers who raided the CSU offices claimed that the organisation
was in possession of material that "defaces any house, building,
wall, fence, lamp post, gate, elevator without the consent of the
owner or occupier thereof," in contravention of Section 46 of the
(Codification and Reform) Act.
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