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Coltart condemns police double standards
Education and Culture Minister, David Coltart has condemned the police and
the Attorney General’s double standards for arrestting Counselling Services
UNION (CSU) representatives yet failing to arrest named Asiagate match
by Ashly Sibanda
Coltart called on the police and the AG, Johannes Tomana to arrest Asiagate
match fixers with the same speed and determination they did against CSU
officials on Monday.
Three CSO officials, Fidelis Mudimu, Zachariah Godi, Tafadzwa Gesa have
since been transferred to Bulawayo to face trial for allegedly having
“As I said earlier on this week we in the MDC condemn the arrest and
detention of these folk who look after and counsel torture victims. The
circumstances of the arrest and detention is so unusual that we expect the
AG and ZRP to explain what they have been arrested for.
“It would be nice if the AG and ZRP acted with the same haste and
determination as they have in the CSU case in prosecuting those responsible
for match fixing and corruption in Zimbabwe football,” Coltart said on
The MDC’s and a number of civic society activists have condemned the police
for raiding CSU offices and arresting its repreventatives officials.
CSU is a non-governmental organization that provides psychological and
medical assistance to individuals traumatized by political violence and
The raid has been condemned by civic groups and political parties in the
country, who accuse the government of conducting a crackdown on human rights
defenders and political activists.
There have been several other raids and arrests of journalists and MDC-T
officials in the last few months, which some observers have linked to
elections due in the country next year.