Police Shackle And Move NGO Employees To Bulawayo

The three spent their third night in detention without formal charges preferred against them.

Detective Assistant Inspector Henry Sostein Dowa and his lieutenants only identified as Mhuriro and Nyambuwa drove the three CSU senior employees, Fidelis Mudimu, Zachariah Godi, and Tafadzwa Geza to Kwekwe Central Police Station. The three were handed over into custody of Detective Sergeant Ngondo and other police officers from Bulawayo Central Police Station’s Law and Order Section including a certain Nyanhete. The detectives from Bulawayo immediately handcuffed Mudimu, Godi and Geza, who all along were not shackled.

The police officers from Bulawayo drove in an unmarked Mitsubishi L200 vehicle with registration number ABI 3608 and detained the three at Bulawayo Central Police Station.

Mudimu, Godi and Geza were arrested on Monday together with James Zidzimu and Penn Bruno after the police raided the CSU offices in search of “offensive and subversive material” from the organisation’s offices in Harare. Zidzimu and Bruno were later released on Monday evening.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Professor Welshman Ncube has strongly condemned the CSU raid and arrests.

MDC deputy national spokesperson, Kurauone Chihwayi, said:

“As a party we find it curious that the raid on the offices is coming at a time when there is a rise of political violence…We find it further suspicious that the police find it easier to arrest those that have dedicated their lives to helping the victims of
brutality yet the perpetrators are allowed to roam the streets freely.”

“We believe that an injustice that occurs to any son or daughter of this country is just too much for us to be silent. We have alerted our leadership to raise this issue at the relevant platforms in government and beyond.”