Charges dropped for 5 CA leaders

There were scenes of jubilation as charges against five of the eight leaders of the Christian Alliance were dropped by the Magistrates' Court in here on Monday
However, the court will press on with charges against the remaining three leaders Pastor Wilson Mugabe, Rev. Raymond Motsi and.

Pius Wakatama, under the criminal codification law.
Advocate Tim Sherry, representing the three accused, applied for their discharge, arguing that the allegations against them did not constitute a criminal offence.
The court has alleged that the three had incited the people by saying that the Operation Murambatsvina had brought misery, and highlighting the economic difficulties Zimbabwe is facing.
He said the leaders’ right to express themselves was enshrined in the Constitution, and they had a responsibility to speak about the suffering of the people.
The Magistrate, Jemwa, remanded the three to the 23rd April. The state is expected to oppose the application to have the case dismissed, in a case that has implications for the freedom of worship and expression for the church in Zimbabwe. – Own correspondent

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