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arrest prospective voters over registration receipts
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
February 05, 2013
Police in Lupane,
Matabeleland North Province, have arrested two National
Youth Development Trust (NYDT) members and charged them with
contravening Section 40 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23) for allegedly
possessing voter registration receipts.
The NYDT members
Brilliant Goboza (22) and Ray Ncube (19) were arrested on Monday
4 February 2013 in Lupane and charged with "possession of
articles for criminal use" contravention of Section 40 of
the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23) after
they were allegedly found with a number of receipts issued at the
Registrar General's Office when one registers as a voter.
Initially, the police detained 40 people who were later released
leaving Goboza and Ncube in custody.
Goboza and Ncube
are represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights member Charles
Moyo of Moyo and Nyoni Legal Practitioners, who was denied access
to his clients on Monday 4 February 2013 and even into the police
station when he visited the volatile area to represent his clients.
Moyo was only allowed access to his clients on Tuesday 5 February
The police indicated
that the two NYDT members will be taken to court on Wednesday 6
The arrest and
detention of Goboza and Ncube comes barely one week after the release
director Okay Machisa from prison. Machisa, who was freed on bail,
was charged with contravening Section 31, 136 and 137 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly attempting to defraud
the Registrar General's Office by forging and manufacturing
counterfeit copies of certificates of voter registration, a charge
which he denies. His arrest
followed the apprehension
of Leo Chamwahwinya, the ZimRights Deputy Programmes Manager, who
was arrested on 13 December 2012 together with Dorcas Shereni, the
ZimRights Highfields Local Chapter Chairperson and Farai Bhani and
Tatenda Chinaka on similar charges.
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