Police raid rights group’s offices
POLICE on Monday raided the offices of a prominent human rights organisation in what lawyers said was the latest attempt to intimidate campaigners in the country.
“This is purely harassment and another crackdown on human rights defenders,” he told AFP, speaking on behalf of the Zimbabwe Peace Project.
Mafunda said the officers had a warrant to search for “articles [intended] for criminal use”.
The document did not state the nature of the articles. Police could not immediately be reached for comment.
The raid came after police last month arrested Okay Machisa, a leading activist and director of the human rights group Zimrights, for “scanning voter registration certificates with false names and misrepresenting that these people had been registered as voters”.
He has since been freed on bail.
In December, police raided the Zimrights offices in central Harare, detaining another official.
With the country readying for elections later this year, political tensions are running high and activists increasingly targeted.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change party has urged the police to stop harassing rights activists and party supporters.