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police arrest and detain breastfeeding mother, toddler and five
villagers after protest over distribution of farming inputs
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
November 19, 2013
Police in Nyanga,
Manicaland province have arrested and detained six villagers after
they protested against the partisan distribution of some farming
inputs sourced under a government-run scheme.
The five villagers
Lovemore Kenende, Gumisai Kenende, Norman Madakwenda, Chrispen Tabwa,
Lawrence Madakwenda and Charity Katerere, who is breastfeeding her
toddler were arrested and charged with theft in contravention of
Section 113 of Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
The police claimed
that the six villagers stole some 10kg bags of maize seed which
were meant to be given to some villagers under the government-run
agricultural inputs assistance scheme.
But the six
villagers, who deny the charges argue that they were denied access
to the maize seed after they were accused of supporting the MDC-T
party instead of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.
Blessing Nyamaropa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights is representing
the six villagers.
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