ZIMBABWEAN authorities on Monday 21 January 2019 arrested Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions
(ZCTU) Secretary-General Japhet Moyo and accused him of plotting to overthrow President Emmerson
Mnangagwa’s administration following anti-government protests staged in the country last week over the
mismanagement of the economy.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers arrested Moyo at Robert Mugabe International Airport on Monday
21 January 2019 and advised him that they would be charging him with subverting a constitutionally elected
Moyo is represented by Tinashe Mundawarara and Bryant Elliot of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
ZRP officers also took Rusty Markham, an opposition MDC party legislator for Harare North constituency
after accusing him of committing public violence following protests held in his constituency on Tuesday 15
ZRP officers took Markham, who is represented by Obey Shava of ZLHR to Robert Mugabe International
Airport, where they sought to verify his argument that he was not in the country when the anti-government
demonstrations took place.
The arrest of Moyo and Markham comes after ZRP officers arrested nine residents of Mabvuku highdensity suburb over the weekend and detained them at Harare Central Police Station before they appeared
at Harare Magistrates Court on Monday 21 January 2019, charged with committing public violence.
The Mabvuku high-density suburb residents are being represented by Moses Nkomo of ZLHR.