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Christian Aid partners arrested in Zimbabwe
Christian Aid
January 29, 2007

Zimbabwean police have arrested eight Christian leaders in Kadoma, Zimbabwe. Those seized have not been charged with any offence.

The men, all members of Christian Aid’s partner organisation, the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance (ZCA), were arrested at a church service attended by more than 500 people.

The service marked the launch of a local branch of the ZCA, a national network of Christian leaders working to promote democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe.

‘This kind of intimidation is completely unacceptable,’ said Christian Aid’s Africa policy manager, Babatunde Olugboji.

‘Churches, human rights groups and development agencies in Zimbabwe should to be able to conduct their legitimate activities without the threat of government harassment.’

Those held include six pastors, a journalist and Jonah Gokova, ZCA member and director of another Christian Aid partner in Zimbabwe, Ecumenical Support Services.

Friends of the jailed men, who were arrested on Friday, say that they were interrogated until 2am on Sunday.

The ZCA has released the following statement about the incident:

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