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Zimbabwe Police Arrest Mirror Editor

Mashonaland West’s weekly Mirror editor Dennis Kagonye was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of contravening some provisions of the draconian Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).

Kagonye, who was arrested by two officers from the Chinhoyi Law and Order Police Department was locked up at the local police station after a lengthy interrogation, is expected to face further questioning by the law enforcing agents.

Police confiscated all the computers in his newsroom but it was not immediately clear what information they were looking for.

Kagonye's lawyer Andrew Choga confirmed that his client is being charged for publishing without a license as required under the AIPPA.

Choga said the weekly newspaper editor is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

In Harare, meanwhile, the three Counseling Services Unit (CSU) employees who were arrested Monday following a raid at their offices are spending another night in police custody as officers continued preparing charge sheets.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesman Kumbirai Mafunda told Studio 7 the three could be taken to Bulawayo where police claim they defaced a building hosting an information centre donated to the community by former Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu.

Officers raided the CSU offices claiming the non-governmental organisation is in possession of material that contravenes Zimbabwe’s criminal law, specifically the Codification and Reform Act.

Police seized some computers and arrested five employees, including a daily news photographer. Two employees and the journalist have since been released without any charges being preferred against them.

Meanwhile, non-governmental group Community Tolerance reported that police in Masvingo on Monday arrested political activists Kenny Machingura, Taurai Chidaushe and Timothy Mhinga for allegedly convening an unsanctioned meeting in Chivi North constituency.
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