Suspected armed security agents on Tuesday morning allegedly besieged the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Chairperson Rashid Mahiya’s residence following fake massages about a possible shut down that have been circulating on social media.
In a press statement, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said the men spent 30 minutes knocking violently at his door and refused to identify themselves.
“A group of suspected security agents besieged the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Chairperson, Mr. Rashid Mahiya’s residence at around 5AM.
“The men spent 30 minutes knocking violently at his door and refused to identify themselves,” said the organization.
The organization said attack on Mahiya and his family raises suspicions of an escalation in the clampdown on CSOs
“Mahiya was arrested in February following the January 2019 clampdown by the state on civil society and labour. He is out on bail and expected to appear in court on the 26thJune 2019.
“The recent attack on Mahiya and his family raises suspicions of an escalation in the clampdown on CSOs as the state alleges that civil society and opposition parties are mooting a coup,” the coalition said.
Recently the state arrested seven civil society leaders at the Robert Mugabe International Airport and charged them with subversion.
The High Court is set to pass judgement on their bail application on Friday 7 June 2019 at the High Court in Harare.
The civil society and the international community have recently voiced their concern over the shrinking democratic space in Zimbabwe.