Court Frees MDC-T Activists Accused Of Public Violence

Zvishavane, November 09, 2016 – A court in Zvishavane has freed seven residents who were arrested on Sunday after protesting a police ban on an MDC-T rally.

The seven unemployed residents namely Lameck Sateko, Tobias Moyo, Clifford Mudzingwa, Trynos Shava, Tendai Tswana, Patrick Museva and Tapiwa Shava were arrested at Mike Auto’s grounds in Zvishavane.

They were charged with contravening Section 36 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

Their arrest was after police had defied a court order sanctioning the MDC-T party rally in Zvishavane going on to disrupt it through firing teargas canisters and dispersing party supporters from the venue of the rally.

Prosecutors claimed the seven were all in attendance at the venue of the MDC-T party rally.

They further allege witnesses saw Museva and Tapiwa Shava burning tyres and blocking roads in the Midlands town.

The prosecutors intended to use the “debris” of a burnt down flea market as exhibit of some property valued at $200, which was allegedly destroyed by the Zvishavane residents during their trial.

However, the group was set free on Monday after their lawyer, Herbert Tafa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, filed an application for refusal of remand when they appeared in court arguing that they had not committed any offence for them to be apprehended by ZRP officers in the first place.

 

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