Police Detain Four Members Of An NGO

Four team members from the Institute of Young Women Development were held and later arrested by police in Bindura yesterday for failing to register a consultative meeting.
The arrests, according to IYWD, are disturbing because the assembly does not fit under the Maintenance of Peace and Order (MOPA) section 7. (5)


The arrest of four of IYWD’s team members in Bindura, Mashonaland Central Province, has deeply worried the organisation. The four are being accused as a group for convening a community meeting without a police clearance in violation of MOPO section 7(5).

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Three of the staff workers, Sandra Zenda, Kudakwashe Munemo, and Victor Morrison, were detained during a Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting attended by members of the Province’s local government.

What is even more disturbing is that the fourth team member Onai Nyahunzvi was selectively plucked out of a meeting organised by a different partner and she was in attendance representing IYWD.

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Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), which is managing the case, has chastised the police for violating residents’ fundamental rights and freedoms, including as freedom of assembly and association.

According to ZLHR, the police did not make the accused appear in court and they will most likely spend another night in jail cells.

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