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MMPZ director Andrew Moyse taken for questioning by CID Law and
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
December 06, 2011
Coordinator Andrew Moyse was this morning (at about 1130hrs) picked
up from the organisation's offices by a team of five police
officers from Harare's Law and Order Section led by Detective
Assistant Inspector Phiri. The officers were armed with a search
warrant and proceeded to search MMPZ offices for "material
which comprises of compact disks containing Gukurahundi information".
In terms of the search warrant, the police purport that they have
reasonable grounds to believe that MMPZ officers may have acted
in breach of section 31 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act, that is, "publishing
or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state".
Pursuant to the search warrant, the police then took possession
of 127 DVDs produced by MMPZ essentially calling upon the media
to contribute to peaceful elections through fair, accurate and balanced
coverage of election campaigns by Zimbabwean political parties.
Whilst the police
officers indicated that Andrew was not formally under arrest, MMPZ
is concerned that the police may detain him to investigate a matter
whose circumstances and gravity do not at all warrant pre-trial
detention. MMPZ urges the police to grant Andrew Moyse all his pre-trial
rights and not to harm his physical and psychological person for
the entire period he is in their custody.
In the meantime,
MMPZ advocacy officers Fadzai December and Molly Chimhanda, and
MMPZ's Public Information Rights Committee chairman for Gwanda
Mr Gilbert Mabusa remain in police custody at Gwanda police station.
They are being charged under POSA
for failing to give notice of a meeting and also under the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for "participating in gathering
with intent to promote public violence, breaches of the peace or
denies the allegations in both cases.
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