Lawyers Seek Treatment For Assaulted Anti-Mugabe Preacher

By Staff Reporter

Harare, November 23, 2016 – LAWYERS from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) have petitioned the police to allow detained clergyman, Pastor Philip Mugadza, to seek medical treatment for injuries he sustained during an assault by police at parliament building on Tuesday.

The Kariba based preacher was assaulted by some plain clothed officials at parliament building, where he was taken to after he was arrested during one of his anti-government protests.

Mugadza was at the Africa Unity Square adjacent to the parliament building in Harare’s CBD where he had chained and padlocked himself on some fencing rails as a symbol of oppression by the Robert Mugabe led government.

Police details who were manning the building later handed the firebrand preacher to detectives at the Law and Order division at Harare Central Police who went on to prefer “criminal nuisance” charges against him as defined in Section 46 (2) (v) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

Mugadza is being represented by Gift Mtisi of ZLHR.

It is his second arrest in less than one week.

Mugadza was first arrested last Friday at Africa Unity Square and charged for allegedly wearing the country’s national flag without first seeking permission from the country’s authorities.

Prosecutors claimed he had violated Section 6 of the Flag of Zimbabwe Act by unlawfully and intentionally wearing or displaying the national flag without securing prior permission from the “secretary” as required under the controversial law.

The national flag has been used and popularised as a symbol of resistance against the Zanu PF led administration.

The clergyman was set free a day later after being granted $50 bail by Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe.

 

Police have indicated that they are likely to take Pastor Mugadza to appear at Harare Magistrates Court on Thursday.