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members released but face immediate trial
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
February 10, 2012
of Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) and four bystanders arrested
on 7th February 2012 were finally released. The 4 bystanders including
a 16 year old girl, pregnant 18year old woman and a vendor were
released at the court. The ten members including WOZA leader Jenni
Williams went on to be formally charged when they appeared in Court
One. They were granted free bail with no conditions but the state
insisted on setting a provisional trial date of Monday 13th February
for 'failing to notify the police of a demonstration' a section
of the notorious Public
Order Security Act (POSA) they were finally charged under a
Law (Codification and Reform) Act [chapter 9:23] Act 23/2004
Section 46 Criminal nuisance' Any person who does any of the acts
specified in the Third Schedule shall be guilty of criminal nuisance
and liable to a fine not exceeding level five or imprisonment for
a period not exceeding six months or both. Acts constituting criminal
nuisance - 2. Any person who - (v) employs any means whatsoever
which are likely materially to interfere with the ordinary comfort,
convenience, peace or quiet of the public or any section of the
public, or does any act which is likely to create a nuisance or
obstruction; shall be guilty of criminal nuisance.
are suffering from Flu like symptoms and 2 had to be taken to hospital.
This was a result of the fourteen being kept in the filthy cockroach
infested open fenced area of the police cells for 3 hours from 11pm
to 2am on the first night. Also during a 5 hour meeting by police
bosses debating on how to proceed. Most junior police officers were
refusing to process the activist saying they should be released.
Sanity did not prevail as at 2am, the order came for detention and
the docket disappeared for 48 hours stalling any process to prepare
the activists for court.
were represented by Godfrey Nyoni and Nikiwe Ncube deployed by the
for Human Rights. The state was represented by Jeremiah Mutsindikwa
and Magistrate Rosemary Dube.
who were arrested were beaten upon arrest and handcuffed and dragged
to Central Police Station.
Two out of four
processions managed to arrive at the Joint Operations, Monitoring
and Implementation Committee (JoMIC) office at Prosperity House
along Leopold Takawira Street, Between Jason Moyo/Main Street but
police swooped and viciously beat members to disperse them and arrested
made efforts to regroup and smaller groups marched to The Chronicle
where once again police officers swooped making more arrests.
were arrested at different parts of the city.
the WOZA fact
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