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Zimbabwe Police Arrest 2 More War Veterans

  • Thomas Chiripasi
  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Douglas Mahiya, information secretary of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) is escorted by detectives as he arrives at the Harare Magistrates' court, July 29, 2016. Mahiya was detained on Wednesday over a statement the association issued last week attacking President Robert Mugabe's rule. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo - RTSKA28

Douglas Mahiya, information secretary of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) is escorted by detectives as he arrives at the Harare Magistrates' court, July 29, 2016. Mahiya was detained on Wednesday over a statement the association issued last week attacking President Robert Mugabe's rule. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo - RTSKA28

War veterans leaders Headman Moyo and Hoyini Samuel Bhila were arrested after handing themselves to the police on Tuesday.

Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Charity Charamba told Studio 7 by phone that the police were still questioning the two over a communique released by the war veterans’ body.Moyo is the deputy national chairman of the war veterans’ body while Bhila is the vice chairman for Harare province.

The two's lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, could not comment as she said she was at the police station attending to her clients.

Mtetwa is also representing the secretary general of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, Victor Matemadanda, who was arrested yesterday while attending a court hearing of his organization's spokesperson Douglas Mahiya who was later released on bail.

At the same time, High Court judge Justice Lavender Makoni on Tuesday granted an order barring the Zimbabwe Republic Police from interfering with planned anti-bond notes peaceful marches organised by Transform Zimbabwe party scheduled for Wednesday in Harare.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights lawyers Sharon Hofisi and Kennedy Masiye represented the opposition party.

Transform Zimbabwe is urging Zimbabweans to march to Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s offices where they will deliver a petition rejecting the bond notes.

Masiye said the police had previously barred the march saying it will disrupt the smooth flow of humans and vehicles in the city and security concerns saying the situation in the country was volatile.

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