Nango to engage AU over members' arrests

BULAWAYO - Chairperson of the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (Nango) says his organisation is approaching the African Union (AU) over continuous police crackdown on its members.

Addressing a press conference in Bulawayo last week, Effort Ncube said Nango is worried that police have become partisan and are arresting its members every week.

“This is why we have been calling for security reforms before any elections are held in Zimbabwe.

“We are engaging Sadc right now over police behaviour and if this crackdown continues on our members we will go to African Union.

“These raids, harassment and unlawful detention of our members should not be tolerated anymore said,” Ncube.

Ncube’s sentiments come after police officers from the Law and Order Section at Harare Central Police Station on Wednesday arrested three staff members of local NGO — Counseling Services Unit (CSU) on allegations of providing material which was used to paint mainstream MDC graffiti at an information centre belonging to Zanu PF politburo member, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, in Mpopoma high density suburb in Bulawayo.

The arrested three CSU senior employees, Fidelis Mudimu, Zachariah Godi, and Tafadzwa Geza appeared in a Bulawayo court on Thursday after being transferred from Harare and were granted bail.

Speaking at the same meeting, Christian Alliance executive director, Useni Sibanda said churches are very worried with the way police have become partisan and arresting NGO members.

“As churches and civic society organisations we have completely lost confidence in Zimbabwe’s police. They are partisan and have embarked on a sudden crack down on members of NGOs,” said Sibanda.

Sibanda said churches will engage the two co-Home Affairs ministers over the continuous crackdown on NGOs.
 
Christian Alliance is a coalition of several church organisations which include the Zimbabwe Pastors Fellowship and Churches in Bulawayo.

Last week Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe’s bodyguard Themba Moyo and mainstream MDC Bulawayo deputy organising secretary, Tsepiso Mpofu were briefly detained for allegedly spraying the same graffiti at Ndlovu’s information centre.

The graffiti sprayed at Ndlovu’s office read “MDC Kwese Kwese.”

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