LSZ to stage march over Mtetwa

HARARE - THE Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) will tomorrow stage a march at the High Court demanding the release of jailed veteran human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa.

The planned march follows a resolution passed at an urgent crisis meeting by the Law Society on Friday afternoon in Harare.

In messages to society members seen by the Daily News on Sunday, LSZ executive secretary, Edward Mapara, invited members to meet outside the High Court tomorrow afternoon for the planned exercise.

“We have notified the police of our intended march to present our petition to the authorities as resolved today. Let’s meet outside the High Court at 1.30 pm to commence our march,” said Mapara.

Mtetwa is receiving both domestic and international support. Dozens of ordinary Zimbabweans clashed with security forces when they staged a demonstration at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts on Friday seeking the top lawyer’s release.

Waving placards inscribed “Free Beatrice now” and what you are doing is illegal and unconstitutional,” the protestors staged the demostration on the fifth night of the leading lawyer’s detention after she had been denied bail by the magistrates’ court.

The award-wining rights lawyer stands accused of obstructing the course of justice with police claiming that she shouted at them while they were searching the home of her client- Thabani Mpofu who is a director for research in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office.

Mtetwa was arrested along with staff from the premier’s office who include Mpofu, Mehluli Tshuma, Anna Muzvidziwa Felix Matsinde and former Harare councillor Warship Dumba who are accuse of breaching the Official Secrets Act and impersonating the police. - Mugove Tafirenyika

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