Madhuku's trial postponed

Chipinge Magistrate court has failed to bring to finality the trial of Claris Madhuku postponing it to the 1st of February 2012 after the state brought a new witness, Chipinge District superintendent Jaboon Ndofandaedza.

Chipinge Magistrate Vusumuzo Gapara who presided over the matter told Madhuku to return to court on 1 February 2012 for trial.

In postponing the case Gapara told the state witnesses to put their house in order as they were raising new issues and deviating from the allegations raised by earlier witnesses against the accused (Madhuku).

Ndofandaedza told the court that he was informed by Chisumbanje police officers that Madhuku was actually addressing a gathering that had not been sanctioned by the police under Public Order and Security Act (POSA).

Speaking to this reporter Madhuku said he had been told to return to court on the 1st of February for trial.

Madhuku's defence lawyer Langton Mhungu of Mhungu, Matutu, Kwirira and Associates argued that Madhuku had not organized the meeting but was a presenter.

He further told the court that the organizers had informed the police who were on duty on the day of the meeting.

In a cross examination that lasted for more than an hour, Madhuku's lawyer requested for the postponement of the matter to allow organizers of the meeting to testify that they had indeed informed Chisumbanje police station of the meeting.

Madhuku has been attending the Chipinge magistrate court since April 2011 following his arrest at Rimbi shopping centre in Chipinge.

He is charged under POSA for convening a public meeting without notifying the regulatory authority as defined.

This was Madhuku's ninth appearance at Chipinge Court since his arrest on 14 May 2011.

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