GWERU – Mkoba member of parliament Amos Chibaya has been arrested in Gweru over allegations that he convened an unsanctioned meeting in April.
A police CID Law and Order statement confirmed the arrest while outlining the reasons behind the move which has since been dismissed as political persecution by CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere.
“My name is Detective Sergeant Musevenzi. I am arresting you, Amos Chibaya NR 12-072745-Y-12 of house number 416/2 Mkoba 13, Gweru in a case of Failing to give notice of a procession Contravening Section 7(5) of Maintenance of peace act where it is alleged that on 30/04/2022 and at Gwindigwi Mountains, Charandura you addressed a CCC (Citizens Coalition for Change) meeting without notifying the regulating authority as required by the act shall make this statement of your own free will.
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“While you have been informed that you are not obliged to say anything in answer to these allegations, your failure at this stage to mention any fact relevant to your defence to these allegations may result in court drawing inferences against you, note that you are allowed at state’s expense to contact a lawyer, medical doctor of your own choice and family members, challenge the lawfulness of your arrest and at your own expense, to consult with the lawyer and medical doctor of your choice,” the statement said.
Chibaya, a Citizens Coalition for Change organising secretary denies the allegations by the police that he convened the said meeting.
He is represented by lawyer Chidawanyika.