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CHRA in solidarity with ZimRights leadership
Residents Association (CHRA)
January 18, 2013
Harare Residents Association (CHRA) condemns the continued arrests
of Human rights defenders in the strongest terms. This has come
in the wake of the recent arrest
Director, Mr Okay Machisa and the deputy programs coordinator, Mr
Leo Chamahwinya on trumped up charges that include conspiracy to
commit fraud, forgery and publishing falsehoods. The Harare Magistrates
Court on Wednesday 16 January 2013 remanded Machisa in custody up
to 30 January where whilst Leo has been languishing in prison during
the whole festive season to date.
The recent arrests
come at a time when four
remaining M.D.C-T activists have completed another year in prison
despite lack of evidence to show that they killed a policeman in
2011. The state seems to be sending a message to all the progressive
forces as we head for the referendum and subsequently watershed
elections which should bring to a halt the shaky coalition government.
The CHRA detests
and is appalled by this apparent criminalization of legitimate civic
society work that we have been engaged in since time immemorial.
We are cognizant of the fact that some political players are not
comfortable with the rate at which people are registering to vote
hence the onslaught on the Zimrights group.
CHRA will continue
to fight for the democratization of local governance and demanding
good governance at all levels. The principals to the inclusive
government must put a stop to all these arrests and naked violation
of fundamental freedoms. We challenge Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,
President Robert Mugabe and Professor Welshman Ncube to come out
clean to the people of Zimbabwe with regards their stance on these
unlawful detentions and arrests that continue to haunt our work.
We maintain as an Association that we will not cow down to dirty
and unlawful scare tactics by the state.
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