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arrest after police raid on ZimRights
Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
December 13, 2012
from the Zimbabwe
Human Rights Association (ZimRights) is set to spend a night
behind bars on Thursday, after he was arrested during a police raid
on the group's office in Harare.
Five police members stormed
the offices and arrested Leo Chamahwinya, the ZimRights Education
and Programmes Manager. He stands accused of allegedly conducting
illegal voter registration, but no charges have been filed.
One of the Chamahwinya's
lawyers, Tarisai Mutangi, told SW Radio Africa that his client is
still being held at Harare Central Police station and will likely
stay there overnight. He added that investigations into the allegations
are still underway and charges will only be filed later.
It is understood that
Chamahwinya's arrest is part of a police operation that has
been targeting other ZimRights structures, involved in pre-election
education. At least two other officials from other parts of the
country are said to have been arrested in recent days.
an activist from the Centre
for Community Development, told SW Radio Africa on Thursday
that the raid on the ZimRights offices is part of a "massive
crackdown" on the NGO community in Zimbabwe.
"It is not surprising
because ZANU PF is in panic mode and the arrests are in line with
ZANU PF's resolutions made at their people's conference.
They are targeting NGOs because of their access to communities and
the education they are conducting about democracy and human rights,"
He added that groups
like ZimRights are vocal and critical "and they will be targeted
ahead of elections."
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