Melanie Nathan, Dec 04, 2013.
The Chairperson of GALZ, Martha Tholanah has been summoned to appear in Rotten Row Magistrate Court on the12th of December 2013 to answer charges accusing her of running an “unregistered” organization. The summons was served on Tholanah’s Lawyer, Tonderai Bhatasara, a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
Although the charge is not specified in the summons, below is an excerpt from the summon.
“On the 20th day of August 2012 and at number 35 Colenbrander Road, Milton Park, Gays and lesbians association being represented by Martha Tholanah, the co – Director of Gays and lesbians not registered unlawfully took part in the management of the group by gathering its members and control ———-(one word not clear on summons sheet) while engaging in gays and lesbians in contravention of the said Act”
The summons is a follow up from Thursday 23 August 2012 where GALZ that was represented by Martha Tholanah, the organization’s co-chairperson with running an “unregistered” organization in contravention of Section 6 (iii) of the Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO) Act.