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WOZA leaders arrested
Women's Institute for Leadership Development
September 20, 2013

The leaders of the pressure group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) have been arrested this morning in Bulawayo. They led a peaceful demonstration outside the Chronicle offices.

Over 200 members of the group had gathered outside the media house, where the police arrested Jenny Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, the Director and Programs manager of WOZA, respectively.

After the arrest, the multitude followed the police cars to the Central Police Station, where they continued singing and dancing for the release of their leaders. The police officers descended upon the crowd chasing them with sjamboks.

The demonstrators were divided into various groups and distributed their fliers with 12 service delivery demands, around the Bulawayo CBD. Demands are for a more meaningful education system and decent salaries for teachers, road reconstruction, quick response to sewage bursts and blockages, and improving availability of clean water.

The demonstration is a lead up to the launch of the WOZA ‘mother your vote’ campaign, which suggests that the July 31 elections results must be nurtured and cared for as a new born baby. They are dedicated to keep reminding the political leadership that they have to be responsible and good parents of the nation.

As we commemorate the International Day of Peace tomorrow, 21 September 2013, the society and state is reminded of their prerogative to guard peace and to do away with injustices, overt and structural violence.

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