Breaking News

Police pounce on election monitor's office

by Staff reporter
20 February 2013 | 2974 Views
Police raided the offices of a leading election monitoring group on Tuesday in the latest of what activists fear is a deliberate move by authorities to harass them ahead of a referendum on the constitution.

Police forcibly entered the offices of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) by breaking part of the perimeter wall and confiscated documents, a human rights lawyer said.

No arrests were made.

"They had a search warrant to search for subversive material, documents, gadgets, recordings and to look for illegal immigrants," Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesman Kumbirai Mafunda told AFP.

Police have in recent weeks targeted non-governmental organisations as the country readies for a crucial constitutional referendum on March 16.

ZESN, a household name in Zimbabwean election monitoring, has in the past exposed the shambolic state of electoral rolls which they claimed were stuffed with the names of people who were long dead and children below voting age.

A week ago, detectives ransacked the offices of a civic group called the Zimbabwe Peace Project and seized documents and CDs.

At the weekend police also detained three rights activists in the farming town of Chegutu west of the capital on charges of holding an unsanctioned meeting to discuss the constitution.

The new charter is designed to pave the way for new elections in July, which are set to end the uneasy power-sharing government between arch-rivals Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and veteran President Robert Mugabe.

With the referendum just weeks away, political tensions are building up and activists increasingly targeted.

Activist group the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said the raids appear "to be a calculated state sponsored move to inculcate fear in CSOs doing election related".




Authorities have in the past threatened to revoke licences for groups deemed to be opposed to Mugabe's policies.

Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change party has urged the police to stop harassing rights activists and party supporters.

Raid Police

Source: news

Does Prophet Magaya's anointing oil work?

Yes
17.05%
No
70.51%
Spiritual matters
12.44%
434

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Synagogue: More Knocks for Lasema, Nema as Nollywood rallies round T.B...

by Nosa Osazuwa | 03 March 2015 | 154 Views

Open letter to Honourable Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko - EDITOR,H...

by Khumbulani Maphosa | 03 March 2015 | 155 Views

Tsvangirai gives hope to Zimbabwean Diaspora as 'Ambassadors' take the...

by Wangu - Mine | 03 March 2015 | 747 Views

Zimbabweans used 80 million condoms in 2014 - At least 80 million cond...

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2015 | 836 Views

Emirates to commence daily service to Bali - HARARE - Emirates, which ...

by Staff Reporter | 03 March 2015 | 1002 Views

Telecel drams takes another twist - SOME shareholders of the Empowerme...

by Business Reporter | 03 March 2015 | 1441 Views

New Intercape - Pathfinder coaches resume operations - The new Interca...

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2015 | 2530 Views

15 actors flying Zimbabwe's flag high - ZIMBABWEANS are a talented lot...

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2015 | 1797 Views

Zinara looking for CEO - THE Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Z...

by Mafu Sithabile | 03 March 2015 | 1210 Views

'Zuma must die, TB Joshua must suffer' - Video

by Staff Reporter | 03 March 2015 | 4315 Views

I am not 'killing the democratic spirit' - ....but setting the benchm...

by Wilbert Mukori | 03 March 2015 | 2202 Views

Tell me all Mthwakazians to 'f' off - Hands up Mthwakazians who feel t...

by Shylet Moyo | 03 March 2015 | 1891 Views

Students dumps Tsvangirai

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2015 | 3141 Views

Mutasa warns Moyo

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2015 | 4836 Views

Mujuru wonders why she is a matter of Mugabe's fantasy

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2015 | 5434 Views

'Vampire' Granny bites grandson - An Inyanga from Bulilima dubbed the ...

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2015 | 2302 Views

Mayhem as witchcraft bird flies off with baby - IN a bizarre incident ...

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2015 | 4552 Views

Robert Mugabe @ 91 full interview

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2015 | 1841 Views

Fly Africa in maiden Johannesburg - Bulawayo flight

by Business Reporter | 03 March 2015 | 2548 Views

Caps United fan recovering after Barbourfields assault

by Ricky Zililo | 03 March 2015 | 2274 Views

Man 'inspects' wife's privates using torch

by Marvelous Moyo | 03 March 2015 | 4814 Views

Policeman shoots self in kombi chase - A traffic cop shot himself on h...

by Owen Chirikure | 03 March 2015 | 3460 Views

'Prophet Angel's hands are clean'

by Tendai Rupapa | 03 March 2015 | 2073 Views

Money 'multipliers' arrested - TWO Malawians allegedly conned a Bulawa...

by Emily Mbewe | 03 March 2015 | 2054 Views

Man run over while pushing policeman's car - ONE person suffered multi...

by Molline Gagare | 03 March 2015 | 2162 Views

Mathias Mhere's infidelity exposed - GOSPEL musician Mathias Mhere's s...

by Tawanda Marwizi | 03 March 2015 | 3370 Views

Entertainment

Fireworks expected on the Easter Weekend in UK

by Staff Reporter | 03 March 2015 | 174 Views

DStv annual price increase effective 1 April 2015 - MultiChoice Afric...

by Mafu Sithabile | 02 March 2015 | 2371 Views

Popular Zim dancehall chanter arrested for fraud

by Liberty Dube | 27 February 2015 | 3920 Views

Group pens song for Mugabe - A 7-member group from Acturus has release...

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2015 | 1957 Views

Mathias Mhere saga takes new twist - Gift Mahlupeka, who allegedly che...

by Staff reporter | 20 February 2015 | 10622 Views

Mlambos Express Band flies Matabeleland Flag - Mlambos Express Band po...

by Entertainment Reporter | 20 February 2015 | 3414 Views

Will Smith's marriage is pretty much dead - For the past 18 years, Wil...

by BlackAmericaWeb | 19 February 2015 | 7259 Views
iBlog

Protect Your Greatest Small Business Asset: Time

if your work week is way more than 40 hours, your smartphone is glued to your hand, and your to-do list is multiple pages of overdue tasks—you know how valuable every minute of your time is.your smartphone and tablet make doing business from anyw... Read More
Sergey 05 September 2014 ago

Rules Or Relationship

The dog does not need a lead to go for a walk. its owner can just speak a word and the dog responds. now, we are not comparing ourselves to dogs, we are comparing performance-based christian living to relationship-based christian living. big, big ... Read More
LindaDiokpa 30 December 2014 ago