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Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
March 16, 2013
for Human Rights (ZLHR) has today continued to be actively involved
in following the referendum
day events and providing related legal support services.
16 March 2013, ZLHR lawyers provided legal assistance to several
people who were arrested and subsequently detained as they exercised
or attempted to exercise their right to vote during the referendum.
West province, four Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) members
including Nomatter Makwasha, Vincent Mpofu, and William Zvavahera
were arrested in Kariba and detained at Mahombekombe police station
on allegations of pasting “Vote YES” campaign posters
close to a polling station. The police are reportedly looking for
George Masendu in connection with the same offence. ZLHR member
Tapiwa Muchineripi is attending to the detainees.
In Harare, Makario
Chinongwa, the Zimbabwe Human
Rights Association assistant advocacy officer and Tariro Mhende,
the personal assistant to Director Okay Machisa, were arrested for
allegedly taking pictures at a polling station at Eastridge Primary
School. The two were taken to the Law and Order section at Harare
Central police station. Chinongwa was detained while Mhende was
released after she was forced to pay an admission of guilt fine
to secure her liberty. ZLHR member lawyer, Tonderai Bhatasara continues
to work towards Chinongwa’s release.
Chipo Zuze of
Resource Centre was arrested and detained at Glen View South
police station for allegedly asking to see the election results
at a polling station. ZLHR member Tarisai Mutangi will return to
the police station tomorrow to continue with the matter.
Rujeko suburb, Tapiwa Renias Winslow was arrested and charged with
disorderly conduct in a public place after he questioned the presence
of some police officers in a polling station whilst he was attempting
to cast his vote. Winslow, who was assaulted while in police detention,
remains detained at Masvingo Central police station. Crispen Masenda
was also arrested in Masvingo on allegations of pasting campaign
posters close to a polling station. ZLHR member lawyer, Collen Maboke
is intervening in the matter.
Chirigise of Shamva in Mashonaland Central province, was arrested
at Mushambanyama, ward 20 and detained at Shamva police station
for wearing a “Vote Yes” t-shirt inside his shirt. ZLHR
member Ernest Jena is working towards Chirigise’s release.
province, Samson Magumura, the MDC-T Headlands District Secretary,
was arrested and is currently detained at Nyazura police station.
ZLHR member Leonard Chigadza is attending but has yet to be granted
access to his client.
ZLHR will provide
further updates on these, and any other cases, on Sunday 17 March
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