Police have charged National Constitutional Assembly Chairman Lovemore Madhuku with breaching the draconian Public Order And Security Act for having organized a protest Wednesday in central Harare by more than 200 members of his group.
Witnesses said police beat the protesters while arresting Madhuku, NCA Masvingo official Marko Shoko, and member Frank Nyagumbo. The two men have alleged that they were severely assaulted by police and others believed to be army troops.
NCA lawyer Alec Muchadehama told reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Shoko and Nyagumbo were severely beaten by the police.
The Zimbabwe National Students Union has condemned Madhuku's arrest, calling it an “illegal detention” ZINASU threatened to protest in solidarity with the detained.