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19 Hatcliffe residents endure weekend in police cells as police ban ZCTU Workers Day procession
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
April 29
, 2013

19 Hatcliffe 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 public officials.

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.

Police officers 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.

Meanwhile, police 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 Province.

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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