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protest inhuman treatment of CSU reps as Magistrate ends their four-day
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
November 08, 2012
Learnmore Mapiye on Thursday 08 November 2012 ended the four-day
detention ordeal for three Counselling
Services Unit (CSU) representatives who were finally charged
with causing malicious damage to property, in contravention of Section
140 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act, four days after their arrest
granted bail of $100 each to the CSU senior employees, Fidelis Mudimu,
Zachariah Godi, and Tafadzwa Geza after they were finally appeared
at Bulawayo's Tredgold Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon
after their transfer from Harare to the country's second largest
city on Wednesday.
As part of their
bail conditions, Magistrate Mapiye ordered the three to surrender
their passports to the Clerk at Harare Magistrates Courts and to
report once every week on Mondays to CID Law and Order section at
Harare Central Police Station.
who represented the three CSU senior officers registered their complaints
against the inhuman and degrading treatment that their clients were
subjected to including over detention, being shackled while being
moved from Kwekwe to Bulawayo,
denial to wear spectacles while in Bulawayo police cells and the
raiding of the CSU offices on the strength of a defective search
included Dr Tarisai Mutangi, Godfrey Nyoni, Blessing Gorejena, Lizwe
Jamela, Jeremiah Mutongi Bamu and Nosimilo Chanayiwa, who are all
State prosecutor Marlvin Nzombe, the three CSU representatives together
with some unidentified individuals smeared some MDC graffiti on
an information centre located in Mpopoma high density suburb in
Bulawayo 07 October 2012 in contravention of Section 140 of the
Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. The State claimed that
the CSU senior staff members inscribed the words "MDC"
and "MDC Chinja Ndizvo" on a bill board and on a durawall
surrounding the information centre.
and Geza were arrested on 5 November 2012 together with James Zidzimu
and Penn Bruno after the police raided
the CSU offices in search of "offensive and subversive
material" from the organisation's offices in Harare.
Zidzimu and Bruno were later released on Monday evening.
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