NGO director arrested for ‘treason’

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Harare – Heal Zimbabwe Director and Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Chairperson Rashid Mahiya on Monday handed himself to the police and was  charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government.
Mahiya together with other civil society leaders have been accused of being part of the organisers of the January violent  protest that rocked the country and led to destruction of property and looting.
He joins the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions leadership who have been arrested and charged with plotting to remove an elected government by urging people to join the strike  called for by labour federation leaders
The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Monday evening  confirmed the arrest of Mahiya and said he was set to appear in court Tuesday
“The Heal Zimbabwe Director and Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Chairperson Rashid Mahiya handed himself to the police today, 25 February 2019 and has been charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government/treason and will appear in Court on the 26th of February 2019,” read a statement from the lawyers group.
At least more than 1000 people have been arrested for participating in the violent protests and more than 300 have had their cases dealt with by the courts and 40% of them convicted.
A number of MDC Mps have been arrested and some are on the run after police launched a man hunt for them for allegedly participating in the protests.
Due to the demonstrations, government sent the army to quell the protest and more than 17 are said to have died according to human rights groups.
The protest were allegedly caused by a price hike of fuel but President Emmerson Mnangagwa believes the protest were pre-planned with an agenda to do a regime change on his government and has accused the MDC of being ring leaders.