14 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Monday, January 14, 2013 - Issue 498

press release

The MDC condemns the continued harassment of the Zimbabwe Human Rights (ZimRights) officials since last December.

Today, the director Zimrights Okay Machisa reported at the Harare Central Police Station accompanied by his lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa. Later in the afternoon, two police officers raided and searched the offices of Zimrights. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) lawyers Mtetwa and Gift Mtisi were present during the search.

In early December last year, the ZimRights programs manager Leo Chamahwinya and three others, Dorcas Shereni, Tanaka Chinaka and Farai Bhani were arrested during a police raid on the group's offices and taken into custody on allegations that he was involved in 'illegal voter registration'. They are charged with 'conspiracy to commit fraud' and are still in remand prison.

Meanwhile, Professor Gordon Chavunduka, the late chairperson of the MDC Guardian Council will be buried tomorrow at Number 14 Farm, Dowa in Rusape. Prof Chavunduka, 81, died on Friday at the Avenues Clinic in Harare after battling with cancer of the throat for two years. Today, a funeral service was held for the late Prof Chavunduka at the Anglican Cathedral Church in Harare.

President Tsvangirai attended the church service. He was accompanied by the party leadership, who included the Vice President, Hon. Thokozani Khupe, the Secretary General, Hon. Tendai Biti, the National Organising Secretary, Hon. Nelson Chamisa, the National Spokesperson and Hon. Douglas Mwonzora.

Prof Chavunduka has several senior positions in the MDC including being the Secretary for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration and Secretary for Traditional Leaders. In 2011, he was appointed the Chairperson of the MDC Guardian Council.

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