WOZA troubles continue after police raid
by Irene Madongo
Police in Bulawayo are still camped at a house used for meetings by Women
and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), following a raid on the premises on
Friday, the organisation has said.
WOZA says on Friday a number of policemen showed up at the house in Bulawayo
without a search warrant and were aggressive; also present were two
notorious members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) who have
been involved in torturing WOZA members.
The WOZA members at the house left through the back entrance. The riot squad
arrived after they had departed and forced the gates open to enter the
premises. It’s understood the police are after WOZA leaders Jenni Williams
and Magodonga Mahlangu, as well as the owner of the house, who is not a WOZA
member and is understood to be out of the country
On Monday Williams said; “The police are still occupying the house. There
are armed police guarding the house. The owners of the private cars (at the
house) are even afraid to get to the house as they have been warned by the
lawyers that they will be arrested.”
Williams added that so far three houses, whose occupants are linked to WOZA,
had been raided by police who never produce search warrants.
The organisation says the police are threatening to arrest Williams and
Mahlangu and throw them in jail with male prisoners.
“Since the beginning of the year, 38 WOZA members have been arbitrarily
arrested and 24 detained and charged under the Criminal Law Codification and
Reform Act. Threats were made that upon the eventual arrest of Williams and
Mahlangu, they would be denied bail and imprisoned in the male prison,” a
WOZA statement said.