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joins in the demand for POWER to the people
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
July 04, 2007
Approximately 200 members of Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA/MOZA)
took to the streets of Mutare this morning as part of a nation-wide
demand for power to the people by 2008.
protesters marched for four blocks through the eastern city to Megawatt
House, the local headquarters of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply
Authority (ZESA), where they delivered protest notes and their demand
for better electricity supply and an end to corruption. The group
sang and toyi-toyied for several minutes within the ZESA offices
before dispersing. Police were seen to react fifteen minutes after
the group had left Megawatt House.
The Mutare demonstration
follows WOZA sit-ins at ZESA offices in Bulawayo,
Harare and Masvingo. After the protests, activists in both Bulawayo
and Harare were arrested and tortured in police custody, exposing
the brutality of a regime that attacks its citizens for demanding
an electricity service that matches the high tariffs people are
forced to pay.
have been no reports of arrests so far, it is anticipated that some
members may be followed to their homes and picked up later in the
day, as this is what occurred after the sit-ins in Masvingo. Two
members were arrested in Masvingo having been followed to their
homes, although they were later released.
In a separate
matter, the 20 members arrested in Masvingo at the beginning of
March during the launch of the People's Charter in the provincial
capital, are to appear on trial tomorrow, 5th July, on charges under
Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
WOZA once again
pays tribute to the people of Mutare for taking to the street with
their demands, despite ongoing state brutality and the recent cold
weather, which would have made time in police cells extremely difficult.
WOZA encourages other Zimbabweans to join in the demand for power
to the people by 2008 - together we can achieve the brighter future
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