The six WOZA members—arrested on May 18th for alleged malicious damage to property—have been released on bail ($100 each) with conditions. They were represented by human rights lawyers Kossam Ncube and Godfrey Nyoni. The lawyers confirmed in the court record what we reported on our blog last week–the accused were denied food. Additionally, police officers threatened them with death and disappearance. The police verbally abused the accused calling them prostitutes. Under this duress, five members admitted to the charge. This took place in the absence of their lawyers.
Over the weekend two homes were raided without a search warrant. At the time, no arrests were made. Then, on Tuesday, eight more WOZA members were arrested including a mother and her 3-month-old baby. Lawyers have been deployed.
Yesterday (May 25th, 2011) was Africa Day in Zimbabwe. The electricity was cut for 6-18 hours.