On Wednesday, the police detained a 3 year-old toddler at Ruda Police Station in Honde Valley, together with Jennifer Sithole, the baby’s 58-year-old grandmother & Esther Kuseri, who was pregnant & four other villagers, who reside in Sagambe village in Mutasa District in Manicaland province, & charged them with disorderly conduct in a public place as defined in section 41 of Criminal Code.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) the ZRP officers accused Kuseri, Sithole & 4 other villagers namely Tafirenyika Boterere, Shadreck Manyange, Brighton Manyange & Noel Chikosa of masterminding a protest against Evans Mwaturura, the school head at Sagambe Primary School, who stands accused by some parents & guardians of presiding over maladministration at the school.

The villagers were also accused of stopping school children from attending lessons at Sagambe Primary School.

The allegations of maladministration had been raised during a School Development Committee (SDC) annual general meeting, which was held at Sagambe Primary School, where some parents intended to raise several concerns against Mwaturura.

The disgruntled parents had sought to engage officials from the Ministry of Primary & Secondary Education & eventually a meeting was held with officials from the ministry in the presence of some ZRP officers from Ruda Police Station.

Kuseri was arrested during the meeting for allegedly raising her voice against an official at the consultation.

She was released from Ruda Police Station on Thursday after she paid an admission of guilt fine for disorderly conduct in a public place for contravening section 41 of the Criminal Code, following the intervention of human rights lawyer Tatenda Sigauke of ZLHR Kuseri opted to pay an admission of guilt fine for disorderly conduct in a public place because she was pregnant & the conditions of police detention were making her uncomfortable and she was not comfortable with the inconvenience of court processes considering her condition.

Chikosa who is the former SDC Chairperson at Sagambe Primary School, was separately charged with contravening section 37 of Criminal Code for allegedly participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of the peace or bigotry.

Chikosa was accused of being the one who had written a list of grievances levelled against Mwaturura, which had been presented at the meeting with officials from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.