Friday, October 30, 2009

Zimbabwe—Leaders of NANGO Held in Prison

The leaders of Zimbabwe’s National Association of Nongovernmental Organizations (NANGO), which represents more than 1,000 civic groups, were arrested in Victoria Falls after a three-day conference at which five plainclothes security agents sat taking notes in the audience, said the group’s spokesman, Fambai Ngiranda.  They were charged with convening a political meeting without police clearance, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported.  Dadirai Chikwengo, chairman of the association’s board, and Cephas Zinhumwe, its chief executive, spent two nights in cells with no light, sleeping on the floor, Mr. Ngiranda said. “We still live in an undemocratic, autocratic situation,” he said.  “Repressive legislation is still being applied to intimidate and harass human right defenders, civil society leaders and elements deemed inimical to ZANU-PF.”



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