On Monday Morning 23rd April WOZA`s `Power to the People` campaign spread to Harare when protesters assembled at ZESA offices in Kuwadzana, Warren Park and Zengeza to hold simultaneous 'tough love' protests. Over 470 members from 10 differentareas of Harare took part.
The protests at Warren Park and Zengeza took place without incident and the participants were able to disperse before police arrived but in Kuwadzana eye witnesses reported that the police arrived brandishing guns and 56 members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) - 36 women, 20 men and 10 babies – were arrested.
Lawyers have been denied access and WOZA supporters trying to take in food were only allowed access at 9pm yesterday evening. When they did they noted that many members had blood on their heads and clothing and had clearly been assaulted by police. Threats of beheading were made against those bringing food but no-one who delivered food this morning was harmed.Many thanks to all those who have been phoning in support of WOZA`s Power to the People campaign. Feedback indicates that Luveve and Tshabalala quickly stopped answering calls although some managed to get through on Thursday night; no- one seems to be getting through to Bulawayo Central.
Here are some alternative numbers for your to try.
Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri +263-04-250008 / 792621 / 700171
Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi on +263-11-605424 / +263-4-430422 / 794628 / 703695
State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa on +263-11-200532 / +263-4-774189
Harare Central Police Station on +263-4-777777