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Hatcliffe residents endure weekend in police cells as police ban
ZCTU Workers Day procession
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
suburb residents will endure the weekend in police holding cells
after they were arrested and charged with contravening Section 179
of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly impersonating
The 19 residents
namely Maxwell Tosvo, Livingston Gatsi, Rufaro Kapfunde, Innocent
Mutukila, Rebecca Muzire, Bigboy Kadungure, Maid Mukarati, Cairo
Kapwanya, Betty Ticharwa, Angeline Mhokore, Gladys Muzerengwa, Beauty
Billiate, Memory Bechani, Martha Makuvatsine, Lovemore Tsoko, Antonoitte
Mapfumo, Mclaren Kapwanya and Tracy Maponde were arrested on Thursday
25 April 2013 in Hatcliffe and detained overnight at Borrowdale
Police Station before the police moved them to Harare Central Police
Station, where they charged them with contravening Section 179 of
the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
claimed that the residents who were wearing T-shirts and usually
worn by officials from the Ministry Home Affairs had three copies
of the voters’ roll and between 18 to 25 April 2013 went around
the high density suburb asking other residents to check and confirm
if their names were noted on the voters roll and advising them to
register to vote if their names were missing.
The police charged
that the 19 residents misrepresented themselves as officials from
the Registrar General’s office.
in Masvingo on Wednesday 24 April 2013 prohibited the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions from staging a procession on Wednesday
1 May 2013 in commemoration of Workers Day.
The ZCTU had
written to the police notifying them of their intention to hold
a procession from Craft Centre to Mucheke Stadium, where the labour
union would commemorate the Workers Day festivities in Masvingo
But the Officer
Commanding Police in Masvingo Central District identified as J.
Nyapfuri turned down the ZCTU procession and ordered them to confine
themselves to just gathering at Mucheke Stadium. Nyapfuri said the
Zimbabwe Republic Police could not sanction the procession “due
to security reasons”.
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