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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
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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