Zimrights Director arrested

okay_machisaZimrights National Director and board member of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Okay Machisa (pictured), was arrested and later released by Harare police on Tuesday as reports of arrests of rights activists and MDC supporters grow.

Brian Penduka, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum programmes Coordinator said Machisa was organising a photo exhibition entitled Reflections at the Gallery Delta, to be held on Wednesday. He said the exact charge was unclear but that the police had confiscated the photos that were to go on show. The exhibition included a wide range of photos taken during the violent 2008 election period, including pictures of the victims.

In Nkayi, the advocacy group Bulawayo Agenda reports that two of their staff members were arrested on Saturday for allegedly organising a public meeting without police clearance. Vumani Ndlovu, the Bulawayo Agenda Matabeleland North programmes officer, and Sihle Mloyi the Nkayi Agenda Committee member, are still in police custody waiting for their case to be taken to court.

The civic group says the two were arrested even though they had applied to hold their meeting, although it was on short notice.Bulawayo Agenda conducts advocacy on issues of democracy and provides a platform for people to express their views and debate matters that affect their lives.

Another pressure group, the Restoration for Human Rights (ROHR), reports that Shepherd Mushonga, the MDC MP for Mazowe Central, was detained for five hours at Bindura central police station on Saturday. In a statement ROHR said: Bindura law and order section quizzed the Member of Parliament for undermining the office of the President during a political rally in February for saying, Mugabe might not be around come the next election.

After being pursued for over a month, Mushonga was arrested and detained for five hours over the weekend by the Bindura Law and Order section only to be released on summons for a court hearing at around 1500 hours.

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