Police in Gweru, capital of Zimbabwe's Midlands province, on Friday raided the offices of the National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations today, arresting the organization's provincial chairman and confiscating files on the victims of political violence.

Witnesses said police officers from the local law and order section came Friday morning and took Peter Muchengeti away for questioning, brought him back later for questioning in the offices, then took him away again. His whereabouts late Friday were not known.

Muchengeti, also Midlands provincial manager for the Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust, had recently brought a court action against the police for shutting down non-governmental organizations in the province.

His lawyer, Reginald Chidavanyika, said he had received calls from the police demanding to know why Muchengeti brought suit over the closures of the civic organizations.

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