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ward chair attempts to fix WOZA
Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
August 07, 2013
a leader of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) was arrested on 6 August
2013 in Bulawayo. She has been charged the Criminal
law (codification and reform) Act [chapter 9:23] Act 23/2004
Section 186 entitled ‘Unfinalised Crimes: Threats, Incitement,
Conspiracy and Attempt’. The person accusing her of the threat
MDC-T Ward Chairwoman for Matshobana, Gladys Dube, made the allegation
that Magodonga Mahlangu threatened her.
was charged by police and allowed to be out of custody till 7 August
where she attended Central police station and was taken to Tredgold
Court. On 7 August, 2013, the matter could not be heard as police
officers were instructed to locate witnesses and record statements
from them and bring the matter back on Friday 9th August 2013.
During the meeting
with the area prosecutor, Lawyer Godfrey Nyoni, representing Mahlangu
advised the meeting participants that the distribution of a fake
flyer attacking Tsvangirai must have bearing on the case. Mr Nyoni
showed the area prosecutor and police officers the flyer and recounted
events that lead to phone calls between Magodonga Mahlangu and Gladys
began on Election
Day 31st July 2013. A flyer was distributed around the Bulawayo
suburbs of Matshobana and Mpopoma. WOZA Members called their leadership
to report this. WOZA national coordinator Jenni Williams then called
both MDC lead by Tsvangirai and the MDC to advise them that WOZA
had not authored the flyer which was being distributed in an attempt
discredit WOZA’s impartial position and cause problems between
the MDC-T and WOZA. (See the here.)
that Gladys Dube and other MDC-T members including Ntombizodwa Ncube
took exception to the flyer and went to three WOZA member’s
houses to threaten them with retribution and beating. This development
was then reported to Magodonga who then called both Gladys Dube
and Ntombizodwa Ncube pointing out to them that the flyer was not
authored by us. However, Gladys Dube continued to threaten a local
member Christine Ndlovu who had reported the incident to Mahlangu.
At a meeting
on 1st August 2013, Christine Ndlovu reported that Gladys called
her a ‘sell out’ for reporting to WOZA leaders that
she and Ntombizodwa had threatened her. Taking this threat seriously,
and in the presence of WOZA National coordinator, Jenni Williams
and 15 other members, Magodonga called Gladys Dube, putting the
call on speaker phone. Magodonga asked her to please stop threatening
Christine, but Gladys shouted insults incessantly and finally said
she was going immediately to Christine Ndlovu house to deal with
her. Magodonga then after replied; if you do that and anything happens
to Christine we will have to report the matter to the police. Gladys
hung up the call.
the police reports Gladys Dube claims she was called ‘a sell
out’ and that Magodonga told her ‘if Welshman loses,
I will come there with CID and police’. In a normal society,
responsible officials would clearly note that this story was flipped
over or that someone simply misunderstood what was being said. However,
Zimbabwe is not a normal society so Gladys Dube made a report to
the Zimbabwe Republic Police at Western Commonage police station
who referred it to the Law and Order Department at Bulawayo Central
Police station resulting in the arrest of Magodonga. It is also
apparent from the statement of Gladys Dube that on Friday 2nd of
August she anticipated a MDC-T election victory and therefore referred
to her party as the ruling party.
WOZA members across Bulawayo have been threatened by members of
the Movement for Democratic Change (Tsvangirai) with the words,
“When we are the ruling part we will fix you WOZA people”.
It is not therefore surprising that Gladys Dube, anticipating an
MDC-T win on Friday 2nd August 2013 went to the police to fix WOZA
through Magodonga Mahlangu and referred to her party the MDC-T party
as the ruling party.
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