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WOZA members arrested in Bulawayo for discussing constitution
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
February 02, 2010
At 11 am today,
22 women in a private home were arrested in Pumula, a suburb of
Bulawayo. They are currently being held at Pumula Police Station.
Most of the arrested are members of WOZA
who were discussing the constitutional reform process. As lawyers
were unable to respond, WOZA National Coordinator, Jenni Williams
called the Officer in Charge at Pumula, Assistant Inspector Chimani,
and asked him why the members had been arrested. He professed no
knowledge of the situation.
was a private meeting of members exempt under all public order laws.
Please call Inspector Chimani on + 263 9 422907 or 422898 and ask
him to stop harassing WOZA members. Also advise him that there is
an ongoing constitutional reform process countrywide and that they
should participate and allow others to participate freely.
February 02, 2010 - 3pm
arrested today released without charge
The 22 women
arrested in Pumula today have been released without being charged.
As lawyers from Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights were unavailable to attend to the matter,
WOZA National Coordinator, Jenni Williams, and Magodonga Mahlangu
attended the police station and met with the Officer in Charge,
Assistant Inspector Chimani. He advised that the members had already
been released and apologised for arresting them, saying that the
officers concerned did not realise that they were WOZA members.
WOZA would like
to acknowledge the professionalism of Assistant Inspector Chimani
but call on him and other police officers to stop the arbitrary
arrest of Zimbabweans.
the WOZA fact
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