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Youth group leader up for public violence

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KWEKWE — Police disrupted a meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Youth in Politics (ZOYP) at Kwekwe Theatre and arrested its national coordinator Nkosilathi Moyo last Wednesday.

Moyo spent the night in police cells before he was taken to court the following day where he was remanded out of custody by Kwekwe magistrate Letwin Rwodzi on $100 bail to December 13.

He is charged under the Public Order and Security Act (Posa).

The meeting, attended by around 70 people and being held under the theme Holding a Violence-Free Election in Zimbabwe, and co-sponsored by Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, was stopped after just 10 minutes when police from the Law and Order Section stormed the venue and demanded to see a police clearance of the event.

After organisers failed to produce the clearance, police arrested Beloved Chiweshe and Maurren Gombagomba, both employed by Crisis in Zimbabwe as assistant advocacy officer and assistant information officer respectively.

The two were later released after the police failed to charge them.

According to court papersm, Moyo, represented by Reginald Chidawanyika, is accused of convening a political meeting without seeking clearance from the Officer Commanding Kwekwe District thereby contravening section 21 of Posa.

The police also seized a camera from Dzikamai Mukapiko with footage of the meeting and will be used as part of the evidence against Moyo.

This is the second time the ZOYP leadership has been in trouble.

Three months ago the organisation was forced to abandon its meeting with US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray, after disruptions by a mob of suspected Zanu PF youths.

Moyo reportedly received threats, forcing him to go into hiding.

Ruth Madhoda appeared for the State.

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