Police defy court order


Police in Nkayi, Matabeleland North, have ignored a High Court order directing them to release an MDC-M activist, Joram Dube, arrested last week and detained for reportedly organizing a rally for former legislator Abednico Bhebhe.
The rally, scheduled for June 10 in Dakamela area in Nkayi North, was disrupted and cancelled by police at Nkayi despite a High Court Order directing them not to interfere with or to disrupt it. Bhebhe approached the High Court after the police refused to grant him permission to hold the rally.
Dube is still in cells resulting in his lawyers Nosimilo Chanawaiwa from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), filing an urgent High Court application on Tuesday.
Bulawayo High Court Judge, Justice Nicholas Ndou on Thursday issued an order directing Nkayi police to immediately release Dube whom he said was being held illegally. But Bhebhe told NewsDay yesterday that the police refused to release him.
“He is still detained at Nkayi police cells without charge. Police are refusing to release him,” Bhebhe said.
Repeated calls to Nkayi Police station went unanswered.Fomer co-minister of Home Affairs Giles Mutsekwa last week blasted the police for ‘taking the law into their own hands’ by banning rallies and or public gatherings.
He urged those affected to take legal action against individual police officers banning gatherings.
Bhebhe said: “I am very disappointed with the unity government. We used to witness such things (Dube’s arrest and detention without charge) from Zanu-PF around the 1980’s when Zapu was banned from holding meetings and its members detained without charge.
“It is shocking that many years later; those memories are being brought back to the people of Nkayi through Dube’s arrests and detention.”