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Newton, CHRA Ward 19 Chairperson was arrested on Sunday in Mabvuku
New Stands for allegedly participating in an illegal meeting convened
by the opposition MDC, where it emerges he is a very active member.
It is believed he and several other MDC activists were taken to
Goromonzi Police Station, according to CHRA Ward Coordinator Brighton
Keith Charumbira, the CHRA Ward 34 Chairperson was on Friday night
severely assaulted by policemen at Mhishi Business Centre and is
admitted at a private hospital in Harare nursing his injuries. He
could hardly speak when he was taken to hospital.
A CHRA representative
from Ward 1, in Harare South was today warned against ever coming
to Harare Central Police Station in connection with the Association.
The representative, who declined to be identified, said he went
to the police station with a letter notifying the police of CHRA's
intention to hold public meetings in Mabvuku and the City Centre.
But when he got there and presented his letter of notification,
the policeman verbally assaulted him and threatening to arrest him.
"I was forced to sit on the floor," he said. "He demanded to know
if I knew how to answer police questions but I said I knew. Then
he threw me the two letters and ordered me to leave his office,
demanding to see some officials within CHRA."
men believed to be either State security operatives or Zanu PF supporters
allegedly shot Martin Marikebo, an MDC activist in Glen Norah B'
on Sunday 18 March 2007 on his left leg. The incident occurred at
House Number 6034 Glen Norah B'. The police had earlier in the afternoon
visited several houses belonging to known MDC activists, among them
CHRA members identified as Mrs Musoni, Timothy Mukwengu Mufunga
and Juliet Masiyambiri. Late in the evening they returned to pick
up several of the MDC activists. When they arrived at Marikebo's
house, he allegedly hid himself in the house, but these assailants
grabbed his son and threatened to go with him. Fearing what might
happen to his son, Marikebo came out of his hiding and he was immediately
shot on the left leg and left in a hurry. Relatives and neighbours
took Marikebo to a private hospital in Harare where he is receiving
medical attention. His condition was reportedly stable at the time
of writing this report.
The Combined Harare Residents' Association (CHRA) reiterates
its non-partisan position. However its members have rights to become
members of political parties or other groupings of their choice.
The Association continues to monitor the events on the ground and
urges President Robert Mugabe's government to uphold the rule of
law by stopping this crackdown on opposition supporters and other
government critics in civil society.
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