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Police press charges against Mukoko
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

March 08, 2013

Police on Friday 08 March 2013 charged Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) director Jestina Mukoko with contravening the Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO) Act, the Broadcasting Services Act and the Customs and Excise Act after she voluntarily reported at Harare Central Police Station.

The police charged Mukoko with contravening the Private Voluntary Organisations Act more specifically Section 6 (2) and (3) of the PVO Act Chapter 17:05.

Furthermore, the police preferred additional charges which included contravening the Broadcasting Services Act Section 38E (1) (a) for allegedly refusing or failing to register as a dealer and Section 182 of the Customs and Excise Act Chapter 23:03 for allegedly smuggling radios and cellphones.

A warned and cautioned statement was recorded from Mukoko in the presence of her legal team comprising of Beatrice Mtetwa, Harrison Nkomo, Tarisai Mutangi, Tonderai Bhatasara and Tawanda Zhuwarara, who are all members of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Mukoko denied all the charges and explained to the police that none of ZPP's activities were in any way illegal.

In her statement to the police she also raised the irregularity of the charges and more importantly that she could not be charged in her personal capacity.

Mukoko was then released into the custody of her lawyers after the interrogation and the police indicated that they would advise of any further action after assessing the docket.

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