Weekly Case Tracker—February 27 to March 2

Four Great Zimbabwe University Students Released:

Four Great Zimbabwe University students Tapiwa Gwara, Tapiwa Madyira, July Musengi and Effeso Munaro who were arrested on Friday the 24th of February 2012 appeared before a Masvingo Magistrate on 28th of February 2012.

They were facing charges of public violence under section 36 of the Criminal Law [Codification and Reform] Act [Chapter 9:23]. Their charges emanated from their challenging the authorities after they had been ordered to defer their studies upon late payment of fees.

They are students who are studying commercials at the University who were on attachment. At first they were detained at the Great Zimbabwe University, and then they were moved to Rujeko Police Station and they were later moved to Masvingo Central Police Station. They have been released on free bail and the trial will start on the 12th of March 2012.

Trial of Welcome and Others continues

ZINASU student leader, Welcome Zimuto and five civic society activists, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Hopewell Gumbo, Antoneta Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara and Edson Chakuma appeared before a Harare Regional Magistrate on February 27, 29 and March 1 facing charges of Conspiracy to commit public violence as defined in section 188 as read with section 36 of the Criminal Law (codification and Reform) Act [Chapter 9:23] stemming from a members’ meeting they had on February 19 last year.

The accused were put to their defence after the court dismissed their application for discharge at the close of the state’s case. Magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini started listening to Munyaradzi Gwisai defence and proceeded to hear defence from Antoneta Choto.

Trial will continue on March 5 when the other accused will testify in their own defence.

Five Masvingo Students’ Case Postponed:

Five Masvingo activists Arnold Batirai, Zivanai Muzorodzi, Gamuchirai Mukura, Godfrey Kurauone and Brighton Ramusi appeared before a Masvingo Magistrate on 28th of February 2012 facing charges of malicious damage to property and assault. Their matter has been further remanded to the 13th of March 2012.

The charges stem from a protest the students waged over the allocation of residence to Cuban doctors over students at Masvingo Polytechnic.

The case has been postponed to March 13.

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