Mp's case referred to Supreme Court

Mutare Magistrate, Trynos Wutahwashe has granted Chimanimani West MP, Lynette Karenyi Kore the right to have her case in which she is facing charges of undermining the authority of or insulting the President to be transferred to the Supreme Court.

The State is claiming that Kore, the MDC Women’s Assembly Organising Secretary who was arrested in December last year on allegations that she addressed an MDC rally in Chimanimani undermined the office the President during her speech.

After her arrest, Kore spent the Christmas holidays in remand prison after the State invoked the notorious Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act and barred her from getting bail.

Magistrate Wutawashe said the Supreme Court would make a determination on the violations of her freedom of expression, conscience, political rights and liberty as enshrined in the declaration of human rights.

The trial for Kore should have kicked off two weeks ago at the Mutare Magistrates’ Courts but failed when her lawyer David Tandire applied for the matter to be referred to the Supreme Court citing among other issues, that her rights, as provided for in the Constitution of Zimbabwe had been violated.

The State represented by Michael Mugabe and Fletcher Karombe was opposing the application on the basis that it was not only “frivolous and vexatious” but a gross abuse of the judicial system.

The MDC said in a statement today that it "continues to denounce the unjustified continuous arrests and persecution of its MPs, ministers party officials and members on various flimsy charges".

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