BEITBRIDGE – A teenage girl (16) is among ten political activists Zimbabwean police have arrested at the Beitbridge town, bordering South Africa, for alleged breach of public peace.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers arrested Evelyn Gumbochuma, the teenager alongside Morgan Ncube (35), Elliot Mangombe (45), Emmanuel Takutaku (33), Egness Tore (41), Nicholas Tsvanhu,(40), Marry Ngorima (39), Zacharia Mataera (27) and Bruce Hove, aged 21, for the alleged offence.
They have been charged under the draconian Public Order and Security Act (POSA), which authorities routinely invoke to curtail the activities of perceived opponents of President Robert Mugabe’s administration.
It is alleged they are members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and held a recruitment meeting at the Dulibadzimu Bus Terminus, where over 60 people attended without notifying the ZRP as the regulating authority.
Patrick Tererai of Tererai and Associates, a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, representing the suspects had been charged with “disturbing the day to day activities” of some Beitbridge residents.
They are to be arraigned in court this week.
– CAJ News