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Police Arrest 2 ZimRights Workers

Zimbabwe Republic Police
Three people, including two Zimrights employees, were arrested in an early morning raid in Mutare on Tuesday.

Police in the eastern border city also confiscated a Zimrights vehicle loaded with promotional material meant for a training workshop in Honde Valley, Manicaland Province.

Plain clothes police officers arrested Zimrights Manicaland coordinator Stephen Maengamhuru, secretary Cecilia Marovha and Zimrights member Victor Dhliwayo early today. Details as to why they were picked up remain sketchy.

Zimrights attorney, Blessing Nyamaropa of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, says no charges have been preferred against the trio yet.

Nyamaropa says police detectives pounced on Marovha and Dhliwayo early this morning before arresting Reverend Maengamhuru when he went to the Mutare Central Police Station to find out why the two had been arrested.

Nyamaropa says the three were quizzed the whole day by officers from the Law and Order Section as he waited for their release. They were reportedly released Tuesday evening.

In another development in Manicaland province, Mbada Diamonds chief executive officer Patience Khumalo says her company is committed to fulfilling its promise to ensure villagers moved from the rich alluvial diamond fields in Chiadzwa are comfortable in their new homes.

Khumalo told Studio 7 in Odzi that the company has established an income-generating poultry project for the villagers.

Arda Transau community leader, Jessica Mwashita, also said Mbada was doing a lot for the community. But, she added, more income generating projects should be initiated to shield the families from poverty.

“We are happy with this development as this will ensure that we get money to send children to school. We will be able to make sure that our husbands start new projects such as carpentry and that women engage in sewing on a large scale and be able to provide business to other entities,” said Mwashita.

Mbada diamonds, one of the firms mining in the Marange diamond fields, says the community will soon have 10,000 chickens, adding it will also buy from the villagers. The project is set to start in July.