100 members arrested in Bulawayo

More than 100 members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) including one of its leaders, Magodonga Mahlangu were arrested on Wednesday in Bulawayo for staging a sit-in protest.

WOZA Women protesting in Bulawayo today
WOZA Women protesting in Bulawayo today

WOZA’National Coordinator, Jenni Williams, told the Zimbabwean that riot police pounced on the members while they were marching to a sit-in location at corner main street and 8th avenue where the memorial statue of the late Joshua Nkomo is supposed to be mounted.

“Over 100 WOZA members have been arrested. We have dispatched our lawyer, Kassim Ncube at the Bulawayo Central where they are detained .The police are denying them access to the lawyer,” Williams told The Zimbabwean.

The women who were numbering close to 1000 marched in the streets singing the song, ‘ilitshe likaNkomo limbomboziwe, liyovulwa ngubani, limbomboziwe? (Nkomos ‘stone’ denoting a plan has been hidden or turned upside down, who is going to put it right?)

“The choice of this location is to expose the disrespect to late Joshua Nkomo, called ‘Father Zimbabwe’. He came from a crop of genuine nationalist and he remains unrecognised. The block of cement ‘statue’ and airport named after him and a brand new unopened hospital are caught up in centralised power struggles – not one of them finished,” said Williams.

The women were also demanding the release of the draft constitution as well as devolution of power.

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