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Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly Alleges State Harassment

Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly, a leading component of the country's democratic opposition, said the government has been harassing its members in an effort to silence it, this following the arrest of the group's chairman in eastern Manicaland Province for criticizing Harare's blitz against price rises.

It was the third arrest in two weeks for NCA activist Elisha Makuyana. He was being held at Chipinge Police Station pending his appearance in court late Thursday.

NCA National Director Ernest Mudzengi told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that Harare is concerned at the large number of NCA activists around the country.

Elsewhere, Harare police summoned Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Secretary General Wellington Chibebe Thursday and demanded that he answer charges of making utterances deemed to be inciting the overthrow of the government.

He was said to have made the comments during a May Day celebration.

Chibebe went to the station with his lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, but the investigating officer was unable to appear due to transport problems and Chibebe was released.

More reports from VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe...