Zimbabwe bans gay activist from visiting US

Timothy Kincaid

June 18th, 2010

In May, the police raided the offices of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) and arrested two staffers on “pornography” charges and for “undermining the authority of the President”. The raid and arrest appear to have stemmed from a letter sent to GALZ from former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown which was critical of President Mugabe’s campaign against the rights of gay and lesbian Zimbabweans. They were released on May 25, and have court dates in on June 30 and July 1.

One of the staffers, Ellen Chademana, had scheduled a trip to the United States prior to her arrest to take part in a training seminar. She was to leave today and return on June 28, in time for her trial.

But ZimOnline is reporting that the state has revoked the order of the court.

The state on Thursday barred a Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) staffer from travelling to the United States (US) after invoking a section of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (CPEA) to suspend an order granted by Harare Magistrate Don Ndirowei.

Lawyers for GALZ administrative assistant Ellen Chademana told ZimOnline on Friday that the state invoked Section 121 of the CPEA to suspend Ndirowei’s order granting temporary release of her passport and relaxation of reporting conditions to allow her to travel to the US for a six-day training course.

Mark F.

June 18th, 2010

Is there any majority black country besides South Africa that treats gays decently? Just wondering.

Jim

June 19th, 2010

We could boycott Zimbabwe products, but like Uganda, they don’t make anything.

Does any country in Africa do anything positive?

It seems like all I hear in the news is how Africans kill.

I do not want to go there.

I cry for Africa.

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