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AP: The American Bar Association on Wednesday condemned Mtetwa’s treatment in detention and called on Zimbabwean authorities to “cease further harassment of political opponents and their representatives exercising their rights under international law.”
ZimDiaSpora: THE draft constitution approved by Global Political Agreement (GPA) leaders and set to be tabled before Parliament on February 8 makes same-sex marriage a criminal offence.
Chicago Tribune: Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, whose wedding plans appeared to have been thwarted when a court ruled he was already wed to a former flame, pressed ahead with his marriage on Saturday under a custom that permits polygamy.
Voice of America: The insufficient funding has also resulted in large measure to corruption, especially at the lower levels of the judiciary with some officials, including the police taking bribes, Chidyausiku added
News from The Associated Press: Civic activists say moves to ban 29 humanitarian organizations in southern Zimbabwe are a breach of the nation’s laws and affected groups need to ignore banning orders by the president’s party.
Washington Post: Zimbabwean police stopped a retreat of 80 clergy over claims that their prayer gathering was not given police clearance under sweeping security laws, the country’s mainstream Anglican church said Tuesday.
AP: Zimbabwe’s top Anglican bishop said Friday a breakaway church leader close to the country’s president is intensifying a campaign to seize church properties that include missions, schools and priests’ homes.
Persecution News: An excommunicated bishop is continuing to make life miserable for Anglicans in Zimbabwe. Norbert Kunonga, a close ally of President Robert Mugabe, reportedly went on national television to declare that he was in charge of a popular shrine and all churches in the Diocese of Masvingo.
SW Radio Africa: A group of pastors leading a prayer meeting, plus members of their congregation, are still being held in detention after the meeting was violently disrupted by police in Harare on Saturday.
NewsDay: “Polygamy is an institution that has survived many centuries and despite the campaigns to do away with this practice, it is still deeply rooted in Zimbabwe.”
Sunday News: “Members of the Apostolic Faith sect in Gwanda have vowed not to have their children immunised despite efforts by the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to convince them to take heed to their calls.”
AFP: “Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said the country will not listen to those who want gay rights to be mentioned in a draft of the new constitution, state media reported on Sunday.”
AP: “Zimbabwe’s president says gay rights will not be protected in a constitution being drawn up under a power-sharing deal.”