THIS IS A JOINT STATEMENT OF THE ZIMBABWE COMMUNIST LEAGUE AND THE COMMUNIST MOVEMENT OF ZIMBABWE (COMZ) CONCERNING THE ARREST OF COMRADE TATENDA ‘SIMUKAI’ MOMBEYARARA AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE OCCUPATION OF AFRICA UNITY SQUARE IN HARARE
FREE COMRADE TATENDA ‘SIMUKAI’ MOMBEYARARA !!
FREE ALL THE AFRICA UNITY SQUARE PROTESTORS !!
WHERE IS ITAI DZAMARA ??
DOWN WITH THE ÉLITIST PARASITES !!
BUILD A NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ZIMBABWE.
Comrade Tatenda ‘Simukai’ Mombeyarara, General Secretary of the Communist Movement of Zimbabwe (COMZ), was arrested on Thursday 9th June 2016 because of his role in the Occupy Africa Square campaign in Harare.
[COMZ is one of the three organisations, the others are the Zimbabwe Communist League and the Zimbabwe Communist Group, working towards the building of a Zimbabwe Communist Party.]
Although at least forty people have been arrested five of the leaders of the movement have been charged with trying to rob two women on the street.
The other four are Patson Dzamara (brother of Itai Dzamara, founder of the campaign), Makomborero Haruzivishe (Secretary-General of ZINASU – Zimbabwe National Students’ Union), Oliver Chikumba and Pride Mukono (former President ZINASU).
A spokesperson for Occupy Africa Unity Square, Charles Nyoni, said:
“In the early hours of the morning two women we suspect to be police details dressed in civilian clothes came to where we were and asked for direction to Murehwa. When they were given the directions they later came screaming that they were being robbed,”
Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that the five robbed two women who passed through Africa Unity Square at around 1.00am on Thursday 9th June. The two alleged victims were identified as Nomsa Dube, 46, and Angela Chuma, 30. Mutizirwa said that the accused searched their bags and took $30 and clothes valued at $60.
The Court heard that Dube and Chuma screamed for help and were heard by two officers, Makona and Nhidza, who were on patrol near Parliament building. The prosecutor said the accused were then cornered but tried to resist arrest.
Magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe granted them bail of US$1,000 each.
The protesters’ attorney, Obey Shava of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, said the charges were trumped up to intimidate them:
“I know that most of them are not able to raise $50 as bail,” Shava said. “So effectively they have been denied bail. The charges are very weak. These are manufactured charges against my clients. I am sure you heard that I have raised a complaint that there was an attempted abduction against my client by law enforcement agents. It is not a surprise that they are now charged with robbery and theft. We are not surprised at all.”
Shava also told court that some of the accused were assaulted with truncheons and sustained injuries. Magistrate Chikwekwe ordered the State to look into the allegations, adding that those who were injured must also be examined by government doctors.
Occupy Africa Unity Square (OAUS) is an organisation demanding that 92 year old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe step down in the face of rampant corruption by Ministers and ZANU(PF) officials, rampant corruption and conspicuous consumption by the parasitic elite, economic collapse and abject poverty among the majority of people.
Occupy Africa Unity Square was started in October 2014 by journalist Comrade Itai Dzamara. Africa Unity Square is in central Harare and is close to Parliament and the Office of the President. By the end of October, Comrade Itai was severely beaten and hospitalised.
After petitioning Mugabe to leave office Comrade Itai Dzamara returned with others to Africa Unity Square but was abducted by five men on 9th March 2015 and has never been seen again despite a campaign asking for the truth of what happened to him and for his release if still alive.
Since then, his brother, Comrade Patson Dzamara has claimed that the men who abducted him were from Military Intelligence and has circulated a picture of a person bound and gagged which, is believed to be Comrade Itai who may be still alive.
The disappearance of Itai Dzamara coupled with increasingly poor living conditions actually spurred others to take part in the Occupation of Africa Unity Square. Other than the five arrested on the trumped-up charge of theft, at the time of writing, about another 40 people have been arrested and Africa Unity Square emptied by police.
We call for solidarity with the arrested Comrades and an end to the repression of the masses by the parasitic black bourgeoisie led by the 92 year old Mugabe. We are fed-up with parasites hiding behind the banner of anti-imperialism while they engage in organised plunder.