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arrest, beat and release 17 year old Professor Nkala
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
May 20, 2011
Six women arrested
on Wednesday 18 May 2011 were finally located by lawyers who had
to search go door to door at suburban police stations. They located
them at 3 police stations, Sauerstown, Hillside and Donnington.
The six are Teresia Phiri 45yrs, Janet Dube 45 yrs, Juliet Nyathi
29 yrs, Thobekile Ncube 37 yrs, Sibekezele Nkomo 30 yrs, and Loyce
Ndlovu whose age is yet to be determined. They had not eaten for
24hours as a result of being hidden away from lawyers and relatives.
Human Rights lawyer, Kossam Ncube was finally granted access at
2pm Friday. The six were charged with contravening section 140 of
Law (Codification and Reform Act) Chapter 9:23, malicious damage
to property. They will spend the weekend in custody until they appear
on Monday the 23rd of May at Bulawayo Magistrate Court at 8am.
Two of the women
had been beaten upon arrest and had been prodded with a charged
pistol until reaching the police station, 2km away from the arrest
point. When arriving at Western Commonage police station, police
officers compared their names to their list of WOZA activists. They
were then taken to Bulawayo Central where they were split up to
the suburb stations.
WOZA has been
aware that members of the ruling Zanu PF party were being asked
to get the names of WOZA activists and give the names to the police.
As political debate rages on about election dates and Zanu PF activists
enjoy the freedom to move about forcing people to sign their anti
sanctions petition, the politicised police force has been ordered
to increase repression on human rights defenders. It is sad to note
that the affordable electricity WOZA Defenders are campaigning will
have more direct impact on ordinary people than the anti-sanctions
petition of Zanu PF.
On Friday morning,
a police vehicle was seen in Iminyela suburb with Thobekile and
Janet on board and they went to 3 homes trying to secure the arrest
of further members. Finding the women not at home, CID law and Order
Detective Assistant Inspector Chikango then arbitrarily arrested
a hostage 17 year old Professor Nkala, leaving a note summonsing
his mother Mavis Sibanda to follow to the Law and Order Department
of Bulawayo Central.
interrogated and then released late afternoon but DAI Chikango followed
him home and took him away again. He returned home 30 minutes later
having been beaten to divulge the mobile number of another leader.
Law (Codification and Reform Act) Chapter 9:23, Section 140 Malicious
damage to property reads: Any person who, knowing that another person
is entitled to own, possess or control any property or realising
that there is a real risk or possibility that another person may
be so entitled, damages or destroys the property.
to cause such damage or destruction; or
that there is a real risk or possibility that such damage or destruction
may result from his or her act or omission; shall be guilty of malicious
damage to property, and liable to.
(i) a fine not exceeding level fourteen or not exceeding twice the
value of the property damaged as a result of the crime, whichever
is the greater; or
(ii) imprisonment for a period not exceeding twenty-five years;
the WOZA fact
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