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Residents Association (CHRA)
April 02, 2007
Monday 2 April
2007: Raymond Bake and Peter Bhokosi appear in court charged with
participation in the bombing of police stations, Zanu PF offices
and rail stations in Harare. They were remanded in custody until
16 April 2007.
March 2007: 4.20 am
Bhokosi, the CHRA Ward 11 Chairperson was arrested at dawn by armed
policemen in about eight trucks at his Mbare house. They ransacked
his house and harassed his family before confiscating CHRA information
materials and taking him away. Initially it was unclear where they
had taken him but it was later established that he had been arrested
and detained by the Harare Central Police Law and Order Section
where he was severely tortured, beaten up and harassed. Bhokosi
was subsequently charged with petrol-bombing Zanu PF’s Mbare offices
as part of an alleged MDC campaign to topple the Robert Mugabe regime.
He has appeared in court on three occasions and they have been remanded
in custody. Their case will continue on 16 April 2007 at the Harare
Bake, CHRA Ward 34 Ward Coordinator was arrested on Monday afternoon
at Samuriwo Shopping Centre in Mufakose. He was not initially charged
but has now been charged with allegedly being part of the group
that petrol-bombed police officers at Marimba Police Station. Bake
has been in remand prison since then. He appeared in court on Monday
2 April 2007 at the Harare Magistrates’ Court and also remanded
in custody to 16 April 2007.
15 March 2007:
Charumbira was abducted from his shop and was severely beaten and
left for dead. He was dumped in Crowborough but a Good Samaritan
took him into in his house before rushing him to hospital in a state
of coma. He could neither speak nor move his body for two days after
14 March 2007:
policemen raided a shop in Mufakose and forced 10 shop workers at
Lucky 7 at Mhishi Shopping Centre to lie down outside their shop
and severely assaulted them before going on a rampage beating up
everyone else at the shopping centre.
- Cecilia Manyani
- Sandra Dzangare
- Enoch Kazanga
- Joseph Chakaingesu
a student on attachment and
- Israel Masanganise.
work at Chicken’s Den at the same shopping centre. These are T Chinhengo,
B Tembo, and M. Chigaro.
An eye witness
said armed policemen arrived in about eight vehicles, and they spread
around the shops beating up everyone in their sight.
just closing our shop when they came," one of the victims said.
"They ordered us to lie down. They accused us of supporting
the opposition. We kept quiet and they severely beat us up."
It is believed
that the police were retaliating after unidentified assassins petrol-bombed
a house in which two Marimba Police officers were sleeping.
A total of 35
residents have reported beatings by members of the police force.
the use of violence for whatever reasons as violence only begets
violence. Residents should desist from violence and in the same
vein police and State agents should do likewise before the suburbs
turn into blood zones. Police must cease their heavy handedness
on the unarmed residents fighting to occupy their democratic space.
the CHRA fact
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