Transform Zimbabwe leader warned by police

Transform Zimbabwe leader warned by police

via Transform Zimbabwe leader warned by police 7 August 2014 by Everson Mushava

THE opposition Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) party has claimed that its leader Jacob Ngarivhume was on Tuesday forced by police in Nyanga to sign a warned-and-cautioned statement admitting to the charge of addressing an illegal public meeting.

TZ spokesperson Sungai Mazando said Ngarivhume was charged with contravening Section 24(6) of the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) for addressing a church gathering at Holy Cross Church at Mangongondoza Township in Nyanga on June 18.

Ngarivhume was summoned last Friday, but reported at Nyanga Police Station on Tuesday where he was released after allegedly signing a warned-and-cautioned statement “under duress”.

Police accused him of turning a church gathering into a political meeting.

But Mazando yesterday insisted that the meeting was apolitical.

“He was charged with contravening section 24(6) of Posa citing failure to notify regulating authorities before conducting a public meeting,” Mazando said yesterday.

Mazando said Ngarivhume was detained for six hours, but was later advised by his lawyers to leave since he had not been arrested after the police officers at the charge office continuously said they were waiting for instructions from their superiors.

Before the alleged prayer meeting, Mazando claimed that Pauline Mutasa, the party’s Nyanga representative, spent a night in police custody before being released the following day without charge.

In recent months, Ngarivhume and TZ members have been arrested on several occasions for contravening Posa.

He was interrogated by police in Tsholotsho in April and detained in Chimanimani in June.

In July, he endured four days in police custody in Gweru and Harare.

On Wednesday, 13 TZ activists including Ngarivhume’s wife appeared at the Gweru Magistrates’ Court facing charges of contravening Section 37 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly participating in a gathering with the intention to promote public violence.

The trial was postponed to August 26 because the magistrate presiding over the matter was not available.

Mazando said the party would soldier on despite the arrests.

COMMENTS

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    Ndaimbove weZanu 4 years ago

    I feel for the TZ team. They are under siege from Zanu pf. But i guess imprisonments and detentions is the staff that leaders are made from hey….Lets wait and see.

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    We pray for a man to lead our nation after God’s own heart; a man like King David. We ask the Lord Himself to raise up such a man. Truly I feel heartbroken for my nation and its people. God is going to judge the oppressor and the suppressor. Zimbabwe belongs to no man except the One who created it: God.Let us as the church come before Him with broken and contrite hearts in repentance and ask for His deliverance. The battle is the Lord’s. ZPf are obviously threatened by TZ.

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    Ngarivhume for President 2018!

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    Gwanda North 4 years ago

    I feel for Transform Zimbabwe ,that they come in this stadium where harassment is the tune of the day.But myself i am seeing a genuine reason with the TZ PARTY.I believe they have to keep working hard to crop up support in all corner of this country.I think a new party other than the existing one is the way to go.Come up TZ

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    The Riddler 4 years ago

    The party is in a difficult position, the police are making every effort to make sure that meetings are not cleared and yet the POSA that they use says parties should only notify the police.
    Members should continue using the current strategies to circumvent POSA restrictions.
    Viva TZ viva. This is the new force thats giving the regime sleepless nights, over and above the nightmare of the ailing economy!

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    malandellas 4 years ago

    I have fallen in love with this party. There is something that the zpf guys have seen in you. They dont just arrest people without potential. Soldier on guys, there is a destiny for you.

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    JINLIMA 4 years ago

    There is need for a new Bureaucratic system in this country. they have become too politicized. These guys are what we have been waiting for. Keep up the great work

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    Huruyadzo 4 years ago

    Zimbabweans have been praying for value based leaders I think this is it. Lets give Transform Zimbabwe a chance.

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    Brian 4 years ago

    We have so many political parties in Zimbabwe why is it Transform Zimbabwe is the only party facing harassment from Police. I think they are a threat.

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    Straight Shooter 4 years ago

    When we organise Gukurahundi Commemorations and address Church congregations in Mthwakazi we get arrested and some people (you know who) celebrate – now take it like a man. Get the taste of the gukurahundi ZANU PF Medicine!!

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    Reverend 4 years ago

    The more mugabe tries to tread this party down, the faster it will grow. The police and authorities need to be very very careful how they handle these Christians who are standing up for Biblical principals. Look at the power of the tiny nation of Israel…beware people of assumed power , this could consume you.

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    zvavanhu 4 years ago

    QTN???????????…. KOIVO VAMUGABE VAVAKUIZIVA HERE TZ IYI,??????,

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    MAROADBLOCKS ANYANYA 4 years ago

    The 2008 election was he most violent in the annals of Zimbabwe’s post-Independence history.it was the most tightly fought election between ZANU-PF which had ruled since independence ,and the MDC, But know we need TZ ,ndakaverenga pose pakanyorwa nezvekusungwa kwenyu kubvira muchirikuGWERU kusvika NYANGA, ndirikuona hukuru hwamwari[TONGAI HENYU MR NGARIBVUME]

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    MATSOTSI 4 years ago

    KKKKKKKKK, AH ZVAKAOMA TABVIROMANIKIDZWA KUYENDE KUHARARE KUYOUTH CONFRENCE,TECHOBVISWE KUMABASA EDU KWAMUTARE, TECHONZIPINDAI MUMABHAZI, EMWENI EDU ECHOSIYA ANA, ANHU AZHINJI ANGO BUDA PASINA CHADYIWA, KUTOSVIKA KUTOHWA ZVICHINZI HAKUNA CHIKAFU, NDECHOTEERERA NDECHOHWA VAMUGABE VACHITINDOKUPAI 30TONES DZECHIBAGE NEMOMBE DZENYAMA NEMUKAKA WOKUMWA, AH ZVANDISHAMISA ACHASARA ACHIBYA NDIYANI ISU TATOVE KWEDU BVAAAH IBYAI MOGA,NEW PARTY MURIPIKO ZVICHIDAI SO VIVA TZ VIVA.

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    MATSOTSI 4 years ago

    KO IVO VAMUGABE VARIKUZVIZIVA HERE KUTI PAMIRAKUIPA PAZASI PAVO , PLEASE MUSADARO ITAIWO KUTI VAZIVEWO.

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    Mafuta 4 years ago

    Jacob, tell the police to kiss your ass. Legal and illegal meetings indeed. Suppose every Joe in Zim purposely went to an locally organized for the purpose illegal meeting at the same time then hurriewd tothe nearest police station and demanded the police to arrest them immediately or suck it.

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    Mandevu 4 years ago

    Oh dear. Here we go again. Zimbabwe police need a message – they are not ZPF’s private army, they are here to serve the people of this country

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    Vanosungirweiko vaNgarivhume. Mhosva yavaita ndeyeyi nhai. Mameetings ese arikuitwa nana biti, nanatsvangirai kana naivo vamugabe varikumboudza mapurisa here.
    Regai ndikuudzei imivanhu vezanu macio mapurisa nemi masoja,,,,,, musatambe nemunhu wakasarudzwa naMwari hamumugone otherwise you will find yourself fighting against God ït hurts to kick against the goads. Ngarivhume ndiye murume akasarudzwa naMwari kuti ave mutungamiriri munyika ino ende mutungamiri anotya Mwari for that matter.
    this is a new thing that God is doing in the world, and christians all over the world will learn from zimbabwe and beginning to takeover governance in their respective countries. for the bible says the saints of God shall take the kingdom and after this Christians revolution in the whole world then the end will come.He who has an ear let him hear and eyes let him see, this is a mystery from God in heaven