CRISIS in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) Board Chairperson and Heal
Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) Director Rashid Mahiya on Tuesday 26 February
2019 appeared at Harare Magistrates Court to answer to charges of
plotting to topple President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government from
Mahiya, who is represented by Tonderai Bhatasara of Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights, was charged with subverting a constitutional
government as defined in section 22(2)(a)(i) of the Criminal Law
(Codification and Reform) Act.
According to the State, Mahiya allegedly connived with some
unidentified accomplices who are reportedly on the run and convened a
meeting at Wild Geese Conference Centre in Pomona suburb in Harare for
members of CiZC and HZT between 3 December 2018 to 6 December 2018.
During the meeting, prosecutors alleged that Mahiya incited
participants including some from Interpeace, a peacebuilding
organisation headquartered in Switzerland, and the general populace of
Zimbabwe, to subvert a constitutional government by urging all
Zimbabweans to engage in acts of civil disobedience, passive
resistance to law, public violence, hooliganism and rampant looting
across the country.
Prosecutors claimed that as a result of Mahiya’s undisclosed
utterances during the meeting held at Wild Geese Conference Centre and
also those of his unidentified accomplices, members of the public
engaged in acts of violence, wanton destruction of both government and
private property and carried out rampant looting from shops across the
country from Monday 14 January 2019 up to Wednesday 16 January 2019
during an anti-government protest.
Mahiya returns to court on Tuesday 12 March 2019 after Harare
Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa remanded him in custody and advised him
to apply for bail at the High Court.