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Update on police inquiries with Andrew Moyse, and the continued
detention of MMPZ officers Fadzai December and Molly Chimhanda,
and PIRF Gwanda Chairman Gilbert Mabusa
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
December 07, 2011
Coordinator Andrew Moyse who was yesterday morning picked
up for questioning by officers from Harare's Law and Order
Section was, last evening, released by the police after they recorded
a statement concerning the activities of MMPZ from him. The 127
DVDs seized by the police from MMPZ this morning in terms of a search
warrant remain in their possession. Andrew was interviewed by the
police from about 1130hrs to 1700hrs.
they recorded from Andrew, referenced Gwanda CR 21/12/11 is clearly
linked to the case in which MMPZ advocacy officers Fadzai December
and Molly Chimhanda, and MMPZ's Public Information Rights
Forum (PIRF) committee chairman for Gwanda Mr Gilbert Mabusa are
being detained at Gwanda
police station for allegedly contravening section 25(1)(b) of the
Order and Security Act (POSA). This relates to "participating
in a gathering without seeking authority from the regulating authority",
and also for allegedly contravening section 37(1)(b) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act, for "participating
in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches
of the peace or bigotry".
is relieved that Andrew has been released without charge, it is
nevertheless deeply concerned for Fadzai, Molly and Gilbert who
remain in police custody. The fact that Andrew was released without
charge clearly demonstrates the frivolous and vexatious nature of
the allegations that have been leveled against Fadzai, Molly and
Gilbert. MMPZ urges Gwanda police to release the trio forthwith
or at least bring them before a court of law. MMPZ believes that
its officers, who were at all relevant times acting within the course
and scope of their employment, and Gilbert Mabusa, are not guilty
of any offence.
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