Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2 more human rights activists nabbed at RGM airport

ZIMBABWEAN state security authorities yesterday pounced on two more human rights activists at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport upon their arrival from abroad.
Sitabile Dewa and Rita Nyampinga (pictured) were whisked away by at least seven men in suits who reportedly took them for interrogation.
Their arrest comes after five other human rights defenders were arrested at the same airport last week and charged with plotting to overthrow the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa after they had attended workshops in the Maldives.
The state alleged that they have been receiving training on how to subvert a constitutionally elected government.
Zimbabwe human rights lawyers confirmed immediately dispatching lawyers to aassist the two activists.
“ZLHR deploys lawyers to offer emergency legal support services to two human rights defenders Rita Nyampinga and Stabile Dewa, who have been detained at Robert Mugabe International Airport after landing at their airport,” said the lawyers in a statement.
ZimEye.com could not immediately ascertain where the two were kept overnight and when they are likely to appear in court.