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renew onslaught against tormented Mukoko
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
March 07, 2013
renewed their onslaught against prominent human rights campaigner
Jestina Mukoko by summoning her to report at Harare Central Police
Station for allegedly operating an “unregistered” organisation.
Inspector Run’anga and Chief Superintendent Charles Ngirishi
on Wednesday 06 March and 07 March 2013 telephoned Mukoko’s
lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, summoning her to report at Harare Central
Police Station to answer charges of running an “unregistered”
advised Run’anga that the Zimbabwe
Peace Project’s board had resolved that it be represented
by Dr Solomon Zwana, the organisation’s chairperson and not
by Mukoko, since she is simply an employee of ZPP and that she could
not answer registration queries as she does not have board authority
to speak or act on behalf of ZPP.
insisted that the police were interested in having Mukoko at their
advised Run’anga that ZPP is a registered organisation and
had provided its registration papers and Constitution to the police
In her conversations
with the police Mtetwa also reminded them that Mukoko has been a
victim of State sponsored torture following her abduction by State
security agents in December 2008, where she later miraculously found
herself in the custody of officers from the CID’s Law and
Order Section at Harare Central Police Station, who have to date
refused to disclose how she had come into their custody and who
her captors and tormentors were.
the police raided the ZPP offices in Harare’s Hillside suburb
and seized several documents and other materials after searching
the organisation’s offices for “subversive material
and illegal immigrants”.
The police officers
who carried out the raid
charged that there were reasonable grounds that the Mukoko-led ZPP
was in possession of some articles which the organisation intended
to use for criminal use in contravention of Section 40 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
The police also
suspected ZPP to have contravened the Immigration Act by permitting
some unidentified illegal immigrants to enter the country without
a work permit and to have smuggled some undisclosed goods in breach
of Section 182 (1) of the Customs and Excise Act.
After the three-hour
raid and search the police seized some documents and other items
such as mobile phone handsets, wind up radios, files with donor
information, political violence reports and DVD’s. No-one
was arrested but the police indicated that they were going to “study”
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