Lupane police arrest NYDT programme officer

Dear colleagues

Police in Lupane have arrested the NYDT Senior Programs officer, Bhekumusa Moyo for conducting a life skills training workshop in the area. The police, who initially denied the organisation clearance for the workshop last week, were forced to let it proceed by a High Court order obtained through the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

Reasons for denying clearance were centred on accusations that the organisation wanted to conduct political discussions under the guise of Life Skills Training, which largely involves gender mainstreaming, HIV/AIDS and career guidance. The workshop is done over three (03) days and started on Thursday March 29.

The police disrupted the workshop that was attended by 30 young people drawn from different wards in Lupane, saying they do not recognise the High Court clearance. The law enforcement agents also stated that the NYDT did not follow the correct procedures for acquiring clearance for such meetings.

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