Arrested Media Monitor Head Released

“The police took him to a separate room where they interrogated him thoroughly trying to establish what’s his role in the MMPZ,and later released him without levelling any charge against him,”Trust Maanda of Maunga Maanda and associates representing Andrew Moyse told Radio VOP in an exclusive interview Tuesday evening.

“From the look of things we are not sure that they have dropped their case because the reference on the police documents is from Gwanda, meaning that maybe they might want to take him to Gwanda and join him with his subordinates who are currently detained there. But what I can say for now is Moyse has been released without charges,” he added.

Moyse was picked up from the organisation’s offices in Harare’s Milton Park by a team of five police officers from Harare’s Law and Order Section on Tuesday morning. The team searched the premises before arresting him.

He is accused of breaching of section 31 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, that is, “publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state, by showing videos of Gukurahundi”.

The police took possession of 127 DVDs produced by MMPZ.

In an interview with Radio VOP the organisation’s Advocacy Coordinator Dzikamai Machingura said the all the materials they were using came from the state own Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) adding that there was nothing subversive about their public consumption.

In the meantime, MMPZ advocacy officers Fadzai December and Molly Chimhanda, and MMPZ’s Public Information Rights Committee chairman for Gwanda Mr Gilbert Mabusa remain in police custody at Gwanda police station. They are being charged under Public Order and Security Act (POSA) for failing to give notice of a meeting and also under the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

MMPZ vigorously denies the allegations in both cases.