By Dylan Murambgi
Harare, October 28, 2016 – An MDC-T youth leader was arrested and charged for allegedly inciting violence against the police who have come under fire for visiting brutalities on protesters.
Shakespear Mukoyi (40), the main opposition’s youth assembly’s deputy chairperson, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly inciting fellow party supporters to retaliate against police.
He was charged with contravening Section 187 as read with Section 36 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 09:23.
The firebrand youth leader appealed at the Harare Arnold Maburo on Thursday facing the charges.
He was represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights member Gift Mtisi.
It is the State’s case that during an MDC-T rally held at Mukandabhutsu Open Space in Harare’s Msasa suburb last Sunday, Mukoyi said the words, “Kana mupurisa afarisa anenge angotirova ngaachigara kuChikurubi camp nekuti tikazomuona aine uniform achifamba famba tichazomurovawo” (Overzealous cops who beat us up must remain at their Chikurubi workplace as we will retaliate it we met them walking in town).
Mukoyi was granted $100 bail, ordered to report once every week on Fridays at ZRP offices, continue residing at the given residential address and not to commit similar offences.
He will be back in court for trial November 24 this year.
Cases of police brutality have been a contentious issue among Zimbabweans, moreso when the ruling Zanu PF party has apparently endorsed them.
Human rights watchdogs, among them the Zimbabwe Peace Project (Zpp) and the Zimbabwe Human Rights (NGO Forum) have indicated in their fregular reports that police have topped the list of those on top of politically motivated rights violations in the country.
Zanu PF MPs have refused to support a motion moved by Kuwadzana legislator Nelson Chamisa recently asking for a full investigation into cases of police brutality against anti-government protestors.