CSO leader Mahiya charged with plotting to overthrow Mnangagwa’s govt

By Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWEAN authorities on Monday 25 February 2019 charged
pro-democracy campaigner Rashid Mahiya with plotting to overthrow
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government following anti-government
protests held across the country in January over the deteriorating
economic crisis.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers charged Mahiya, the Director
of Heal Zimbabwe Trust with subverting a constitutional government as
defined in section 22 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform)
Act.

Mahiya reported at Harare Central Police Station accompanied by his
lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights after
he became aware that ZRP officers were keen on questioning him.

ZRP officers claimed that Mahiya organised some meetings in Harare
between 3 to 6 December 2018 with the aim of toppling President
Mnangagwa’s administration from power.
Mahiya, who is detained at Harare Central Police Station, is expected
to appear at Harare Magistrates Court on Tuesday 26 February 2019.

Mahiya is the latest Zimbabwean to be charged with subverting a
constitutional government following the arrest of trade union leaders
Peter Mutasa, Japhet Moyo, Obert Masaraure, opposition legislator Amos
Chibaya and His Generation Church leader Pastor Evan Mawarire among
others, who are facing the same charges.