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Human rights lawyers honoured

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THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) have honoured two Harare lawyers, Raymond Moyo and Charles Kwaramba, for fighting human rights abuses.

Report by Moses Matenga

Moyo represented the Chad Gandiya-led Church of the Province of Central Africa in its long-drawn legal battle to win control of Church properties from excommunicated Bishop Nolbert Kunonga.

Kwaramba is representing 27 MDC-T activists arrested last year over the murder of police Inspector Petros Mutedza in Glen View, Harare.

Speaking at the awards ceremony on Monday night, Moyo said he was approached by Gandiya in 2007 to deal with the matter which “was simple, but turned out to be complicated”.

“We worked as a team on that case and I am glad to have received the award. It’s a matter that we thought was simple, but it turned out to be complicated and I am very happy to get where we are now,” he said.

Kwaramba, equally elated, said the “bigger victory” will come when his clients are eventually released.

“It’s an honour and quite humbling to be recognised by fellow lawyers. It speaks volumes about the nature of the work we do and shows me that I haven’t done such a bad job.The greatest prize is when you see those people living a normal life again,” Kwaramba said.

ZLHR chairman Andrew Makoni urged lawyers to continue their fight to defend human rights, particularly as the country gears for a constitutional referendum and general elections early next year.

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