Police and other State security agencies are reportedly taking Community Tolerance, Reconciliation and Development (Cotrad) director Gamuchirai Mukura from Harare to Masvingo for a search at his home and his organisation’s offices.
Mukura was arrested on Monday last week, May 20, upon touching down at Robert Mugabe International Airport from an overseas workshop.
He was arrested alongside Citizens Manifesto co-ordinator Tatenda Mombeyarara, Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) advocacy officer George Makoni, Nyasha Frank Mpahlo of Transparency International (TI) Zimbabwe chapter.
They have been languishing in custody ever since, after being charged with subverting a constitutionally-elected government, a treasonous offense.
Their lawyer, Jeremiah Bhamu of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) confirmed that Mukura was being transported to Masvingo for a search of the properties.
“They suspect that our clients possess subversive material including guns so they have already left Harare Central Prison for Masvingo. I understand the others will also be taken to their various places in Harare for similar searches,” said Bhamu.
He said Martin Mureri of Matutu and Mureri Legal Practitioners will act as Mukura’s stand-by lawyer in Masvingo.
Cotrad programmes officer Zivanai Muzorodzi confirmed receiving communication that the organisation’s offices will be searched.
“Yes. We received communications from our lawyers that we will soon be searched. I can’t say anything more,” said Muzorodzi.