by Tererai Karimakwenda on September 12, 2012
By Tererai Karimakwenda
12 September 2012
The leaders of the pressure group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) and eight other WOZA activists were arrested during protests outside the offices of the Chronicle newspaper in Bulawayo on Wednesday.
SW Radio Africa’s Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme was informed by WOZA members that police later released the eight activists, but coordinators Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu remain in police custody.
It is not clear if any charges have been preferred against them.
The arrests come just two days after WOZA members held protest demonstrations in Bulawayo, to demand that the coalition government move forward with the constitutional reform exercise.
Saungweme said Jenni and Magodonga had just arrived from Harare, where they took part in other protests. Police immediately arrested them as they joined other WOZA members demonstrating at the Chronicle building.
It is alleged the arrests were made on orders from police Chief Inspector Rangwani, who has become notorious for harassing WOZA members.
We were unable to contact any WOZA members for more information.