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  • Statement on Arrests and detention of Alec Muchadehama and Andrew Makoni
    Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
    May 08, 2007

    The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is shocked by the arrests and detention of prominent lawyers, Alec Muchadehama and Andrew Makoni of Mbidzo, Makoni and Muchadehama law firm.

    We believe that this is a deliberate ploy to intimidate the two as they have been on the forefront in representing trade unions, civic and opposition groups in the face of government crackdown and brutality. The arrests come as the firm is representing human rights activists accused of petrol bombing police stations, hence we are inclined to believe that government will do anything in their power to ensure that justice is not delivered.

    To worsen the situation, Muchadehama has been detained at the notorious Matapi cells, a place that has been condemned by the courts as unfit for human habitation and has also become a government torture chamber. The Zimbabwean government, through the police and army, has become paranoid as evidenced by the widespread arrests, detention and torture of innocent citizens.

    The High Court issued an order that the two be released but the police continued to detain them until Monday May 7 2007. This is a clear case of contempt of court thus, the ZCTU demands the unconditional release of Muchadehama and Makoni and that the trumped up charges against the two be dropped.

    J. Moyo
    Acting Secretary General

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