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The Zimbabwe We Want Campaigners Arrested In Harare

The Zimbabwe We Want Campaigners Arrested In Harare

Police yesterday stormed into a prayer meeting in Harare and arrested at least 36 worshippers, claiming the gathering was political.

They were arrested at the Dutch Reformed Church building in central Harare where they intended to launch ‘The Zimbabwe We Want’ campaign.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrests and said the accused were being questioned for public disorder at Harare Central Police Station. He told NewsDay:

In matters of security when people want to have processions, gatherings or demonstrations, they have to inform the regulating authority so that security measures are put in place.

In this case where there is no co-operation and people start to gather contravening the country’s laws then the police have a responsibility to move in and ensure that law and order is maintained.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said over 30 members of Bishop Ancelimo Magaya’s the Zimbabwe Divine Destiny were arrested by the police who were disrupting a “Zimbabwe We Want” campaign protest.

Forum lawyers attended and confirmed that they were yet to be charged as of Friday. The arrest followed a police ban on their intended “Zimbabwe We Want” campaign that was scheduled for Friday.

ZLHR lawyers who attended to the arrested persons said police barred them from accessing their clients.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Zimbabwe Divine Destiny leader Bishop Ancelimo Magaya said the clergy were deeply concerned about the country’s political and socio-economic crisis. He said:

We need a new Zimbabwe with a low cost of that and remember, we were promised in 2018 that education will be free yet we are here to pray to God for that Zimbabwe we want.

We are saddened that the meeting that we had planned was blocked. We believed that space is sacred, which would allow us freedom of worship.

There is growing discontent over the economic meltdown as rising prices of basic commodities have eroded the workers’ salaries.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC), an umbrella body of civic groups, condemned the arrest of the worshippers as barbaric.

The arrest follows concerns over the shrinking democratic space in the country.

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30 Comments

Fsri 1 month ago

Shame on you ZRP


ngorima mushava 1 month ago

the ZRP is enforcing the law ,of which we Zimbabweans 🇿🇼 voted/passed into LAW, all gatherings of that nature need Police clearance, organisers need to apply 1st to the responsible authority (police),
Yes these NGO'S now want to use the church in their agenda...
I appeal to fellow citizens/Zimbabweans 🇿🇼 to know the constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 ,don't just gather

Nerd 1 month ago

Papi pacho?
ZRP is enforcing the Law which the people wrote through their leaders.
you cannot shame them for doing their jobs.
What you should do is see kuti mutemo hauiti, mogadzirisa ipapa.

Nerd 1 month ago

Political gathering in a church.
That's new.
Musati maita chinhu chepolitics zvakangonaka kuti mugare muchiziva mutemo kuti unotichii. Kana murikuita zvisiri pamutemo mobva magara maLawyer enyu ari pedyo.
Kwete kuzoda kushamisika masungwa.
You should know better than to have a secret political meeting. Mukatodaro munonatsa kurohwa zviri pamutemo. Monzi manga muchironga coup. Monzi maita treason. Motouraiwa.
Nekuda kwekuti maita pride yekuti "tiri muchurch, havmbouyi muno"
Imi!!!!
Know the law that governs you so as to not be surprised when it's applied.
Even if you feel the Law isn't Fair or Just, it's still the Law and you'll be judged according to it.


Tateguru 1 month ago

That's true but still the police should also know how to deal with those hidden in a church.

the bible has a provision for those that may be charged with insurrection etc. They may hide in the presence of the Lord untill their case is resolved

1 Kings 1:50-53:
"⁵⁰ And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
⁵¹ And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword.
⁵² And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.
⁵³ So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house."

Nerd 1 month ago

Where are you fighting.
Everyone is preaching "register to vote" and yet everyone is also saying "tinobirwa election"
Teachers plan a strike, vonzi "tokudzingai basa" vomhanya kudzokera kubasa.
Hapana chamuri kuita, chenyu kungotaurisa paSocial media.
Fighting for what, Fighting for who?
Everyone is concerned about the economy, but to scared to do anything about it.
endaika munoita protest kuti vabudzitsweka ava vadungwa, handiti they are fighting.
Endaika kumaMP enyu munovaudza zvamurikuda.
Basa kungotaura paSocial Media muchiti you want change asi mogara kumba pasina chamunoita.
Dai manyarara kana matambura chaizvo tichazviona, izvezvi zvichiri kunakidza.
Kana zvisisaiti maticha acharamba kuenda kubasa, manurse acharamba, masoja acharamba kurova vanhu, mapurisa acharamba kudunga vanhu.
kana masvika ipapa munenge mavakurwadziwa.
kana musati mava kuzvigona nyararai mese hamusati marwadziwa,

BOSS VEDAH 1 month ago

Ava vaoita kunga vazoziva chiro @nerd tinyararireiwo.

Hapana zvamunoziya vanhu tatambura mhani iwe. Pple r fighting for the mass kuti zvinhu zvinake.

Mmmm 1 month ago

The enemy of the people.
War against human rights and the truth.
A disgraceful lot.


ngorima mushava 1 month ago

what human right...
these converged zvisiri pamutemo wenyika , zvisiri mumarumiro emutemo wenyika yeZimbabwe.
it's the church Which is now being disgraceful,
Take time to read the constitution of Zimbabwe 🇿🇼

Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Vote CCC for change, ikasahwinha toita zidemo risingapere kusvika zvanaka😠


Dzvamu 1 month ago

Musatye next year top brass yepolice yese to be demoted. Vote CCC for a good police service. Plus a new constitution.


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Stallion 1 month ago

pane vanoyita sevanorarama kudenga zvikuru those who are benefiting from what is happening those people are very critical kuvanhu vanotaridza kurwadziwa but power of the people will never be defeated change is coming kuda kana kusada kana zvichireva kufa people will die for freedom. The oppresser will not give you freedom with out blood she'd


Da Truth 1 month ago

Thank you stallion very true . Freedom comes at a price.Are we ready to pay the price for our freedom.That,s the missing piece in Zimbabwe.We will vote and win but the Harahwa gringos will refuse the outcome then what ? We call Advocate Thabani Mpofu to talk sense into Malaba ,s head that we won.Old road won't work.Vote in millions and win.ccc is the game changer.I personally have my own way of doing business .🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🇿🇼🆘🌹

Asalif 1 month ago

What's left is arresting school children on debate you are too panic stricken 😂😂😂


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

The Zimbabwe we want is in the ballot box 😂


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Is participating in political activities illegal in Zimbabwe?


ccctv 1 month ago

pakaipa


Ticha 1 month ago

Nerd uri**** hapana chaunoziva mapurisa anoenda kubasa kunotora mari muroad, maticha anoenda kuno kunoita maeke chete manurse kunotora mushonga votengesawo.


Nerd 1 month ago

Resorting to foul language does not changw the fact that mese munoti tarwadziwa but you don't do anything about it.

General maontso 1 month ago

yaah zvakaoma. Mutemo waPirato shuwa. aaaa pakaipa apo...nzara nekusungwa hazvipindirani


dispenser 1 month ago

pamakamachira Mugabe mangamaaplyer kunani


Da Truth 1 month ago

Takafuma tiri mustreet tichiti ngavaende Bobo hatichadi ibvaaaa. Chihuri was there but frozen by the scenario .Saka police haishandi kana Toda change Tichaita zvatakambo it's .Ok history has a tendency of repeating itself.What goes around comes around.

Machiavelli 1 month ago

And then you cry when sanctioned for human rights abuses


Machiavelli 1 month ago

I hear you @ Da truth. Beware of Patriots Bill. Fungira mumwoyo rwendo rwembwa. Meanwhile lets work on 2023

Da Truth 1 month ago

Zanuosis for the faint hearted.Ccc will be left nursing wounds if we cuddle Zanupf this year .It took 42 to unseat this monster are we ready to get browsed in Zimbabwe,s last battle for freedom.Guys that's my last time to vote nextyear.If this fails I resign from voting again.Then it will be time for me to go back in the bush and die trying to attain my freedom.🆘🇿🇼🗞️

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Cde Kembo Mohadi was right when he said ZANU PF was now having sleepless nights because of Nelson Chamisa's CCC political party. It is now seeing and chasing shadows everywhere they are casting their eyes. Pastor Ancelimo Magaya's people acted within their constitutional rights. Police shall not succeed in their shenanigans because Covid 19 does not prohibit churches to hold their Church functions at the moment. There is no any other law which prohibits churches from holding their services. This is why ZANU PF is running around commissining very small projects such as 23 km stretch of roads, boreholes and Districts e- passport centres, etc. Old People's Home Political Party is panicking to the bone marrow.

NYIKA INOURAIWA NE MBAVHA DZAYO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE].


🤦 1 month ago

Whether which political party you belong too, we are all on the same page of economic crack down.
That means don't follow the masses alot, 2023 your voice has to be loudly heard. By voting for right.


Tkt 1 month ago

@AssComm Nyathi so are you telling me that you arrested 40 people who had gathered to PRAY?
Do you mean you must be notified as police by any group of people who decide to gather and worship the Lord God?
Or you now want to be WORSHIPED??

Haaa ital mushe vaNyathi imi neporisin'i dzenyu dzakatsva idzi asi zivai kuti KUDENGA KUNA MWARI


Tateguru 1 month ago

If ZRP had a case against those already housed in a church building, they should have either waited for the to finish prayers and arrest them on the exit, or they should have sent one officer in civilian to talk to the leaders or any other way than storm into the church.
Zvimwe zvinopa rushambwa mudzimba dzemapurisa izvi.
Remember hapana munhu anonzi Government saka vanoshandira Government vanofanira kuzvichenjerera pamberi paMwari.



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