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Arrested Zimbabwe Civic Group Members Still Detained But Not Charged


Five members of Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly, are still under in police custody, following their arrest Wednesday in Harare, while peacefully demonstrating against the proposed 18th amendment to the constitution and demanding a new constitution.

Police had reportedly arrested 10 people at the protest, that attracted around 100-people around African Union Square in Harare, NCA officials said.

In March, NCA chairman Lovemore Madhuku fractured his arm, when, together with top civic and opposition officials, including founding Movement for Democratic Change president Morgan Tsvangirai, he was badly beaten by police while attending a prayer meeting called by the Save Zimbabwe Campaign.

National director Ernest Mudzengi of the NCA, told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the five being held at Harare Central Police Station, had not been charged, but had been badly beaten.

Mudzengi said one of the members who sustained serious injury from the beatings, was admitted to a hospital, but under police custody.

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