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ICC NOTE: Zimbabwe is notorious for human rights violations, and in this situation Christians are being affected as leadership is being arrested for having an “illegal meeting”.

Zimbabwe Police Arrest Leadership Of Activist Christian Alliance

VOA

26 January 2007

Police arrested eight senior officials of the Christian Alliance Friday morning in the Midlands town of Kadoma on charges they were holding an illegal political meeting, sources close to the Bulawayo-based clerical activist group said.

Sources said about 15 police officers and armed soldiers raided a church in Kadoma where the eight civil society leaders had gathered, also arresting a cameraman.

The arrested included Christian Alliance coordinator Jonah Gokovah, spokesman Pius Wakatama and several pastors including Raymond Motsi, Wilson Mugabe, and Ancemon Magaya.

Organization coordinator Useni Sibanda said that although the charges are not clear, the eight are accused of inciting violence and are likely to be arraigned on Monday.

Motsi said he was surprised police mounted the raid as those present were holding a prayer meeting, for which no clearance is required under the legislation most often cited in such cases, the Public Order and Security Act, known as POSA.