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RADIO Dialogue Editor Zenzele Ndebele reported at Bulawayo Central Police's Law and Order Section on Monday March 4, 2013, over a case involving 180 hand-cranked and solar-powered radios confiscated by the state security forces during a raid conducted on Friday, March 1 at the Radio Dialogue offices in Bulawayo.
Ndebele, who was at the police station for two hours, was reportedly made to count the gadgets as the police tried to build a case against Radio Dialogue.
State security forces under the crooked stewardship of the Zimbabwe Republic Police's (ZRP) Central Investigations Department and in cahoots with the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) reportedly combined efforts to swoop on Radio Dialogue and confiscated 180 radios in Bulawayo on Friday, March 1, 2013.
The Editor's counting of the radios was apparently a continuation of preparations by the police to bring the matter to court, where he will be charged with possession of smuggled goods in contravention of Section 182 of the Customs and Excise Act.
He also faces charges of possession of a radio receiver without a valid Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) licence in contravention of Section 38 of the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA).
Ndebele is being represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) member Jonathan Tsvangirai and prominent Bulawayo based lawyer, Kucaca Phulu of Phulu & Ncube Legal Practitioners.
The on-going crackdown on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) assumed the pretext of looking for smuggled radios after Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba announced they had been banned on February 19.
The latest swoop on the communication devices is apparently a continuation of the crackdown on NGOs believed to have been propelled by a Zanu-PF conference resolution endorsed at its 13th annual People's Conference held in Gweru in December 2012.