Community News Activist Acquitted

Kariba is a town in Northern Zimbabwe.

The ruling came after Matura’s lawyer, Tapiwa Muchineripi, made an application for discharge at the close of the state case.

He argued that the state had failed to prove its case against Matura, noting that there was no evidence to prove that Matura had published the article in question, making it difficult to prove criminal defamation.

Matura was arrested on October 08 2012 after a Sam Mawuwa lodged a complaint, alleging that a story published in the Kariba News newsletter about him was defamatory.

Matura was facing criminal defamation charges under Section 96 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

Tapiwa Muchineripi, the lawyer representing him, is from the Media Lawyers Network.