Rooftop Artists Acquitted

Mangoti acquitted the nine Rooftop artists and their driver after the artists’ lawyers Blessing Nyamaropa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Cosmas Chibaya of Chibaya and Associates applied for a discharge at the close of the State case.

This was after State prosecutor had led evidence from three witnesses.

“After the closure of the State case we applied for discharge on basis that there is no any evidence that a reasonable court could convict the accused persons.

The court agreed with us (defence lawyers) and the accused persons were not found guilty and were acquitted,” said Nyamaropa of rights group ZLHR.

The Rooftop artists were arrested on 5 January at Nhedziwa Growth Point in Chimanimani, Manicaland Province and were detained at Cashel Valley Police station. They were charged with criminal nuisance after the police accused them of unlawfully holding a public performance, where they performed a drama reminiscent of political disturbance of June 2008 that incited the affected members of the public to revive their differences.