On the 25th of June they appeared in court when their lawyer made an application for the dismissal of their charges. Last week at the close of the state’s case, the defense lawyer, Obey Shava indicated that he wanted to apply for discharge as the witnesses gave conflicting statements in their testimonies. The six are facing charges of Disorderly Conduct in a public place as defined in section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. The matter was postponed to the 3rd of July as the state did not submit its papers.
It is the state’s case that on the 21st of March this year, the six together with about 30 other accomplices who are still at large gathered outside the Magistrates’ court in solidarity with Welcome Zimuto, Antoneta Choto, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Edson Chakuma, Hopewell Gumbo and Tatenda Mombeyarara whose sentence was to be handed down that day. It is alleged the ZINASU activists were singing obscene songs and chanting slogans, they also threw fliers inscribed, “Freedom for Zimuto, Choto, Gwisai, Chakuma, Mombeyarara and Gumbo.
Case Continues For Masvingo Activists:
Six Masvingo activists Maxwell Hlongwani, Brian Chimwayi, Christopher Mutema, Amos Mutema, Terrance Moyo and Tatenda Dziva appeared before Masvingo Magistrate Mr Mudzongachiso on the 26th of June. The six are facing charges of public violence after protesting against the suspension of SRC Elections that were supposed to be held last semester. They were also protesting against students who were made to defer because they had failed to clear their fee arrears. They were arrested on the 8th of May and detained at Masvingo Central Police Station for three nights and were released on the 11th of May 2012.
Trial will continue on The 16th of July when cross examination for the six will continue.
The prosecutor is Mr B Tandirai whilst their defence lawyer is Mr C Maboke.
Trial For ZINASU Activist Continues:
ZINASU Student activist Pride Mkono appeared before a Harare magistrate on the 27th of June and the case was postponed to the 28th as he was supposed to produce a medical report. He then appeared on the 28th as the first defence witness and his case was postponed to the 4th of July. Initially the activist was facing charges of public violence which were later merged with malicious damage to property and assault. The activist is facing charges of public violence emanating from the disturbances that rocked the UZ Student Executive Council election. The latter charges were brought about by the UZ Security Guards’.
Five Masvingo Activists Appear In Court:
Five Masvingo Polytechnic students Tatenda Sibanda, Evans Tangirai, Blessing Makwachatu, Desire Matambo and Samuel Darikirai appeared before Masvingo Magistrate Mr Mudzongachiso today the 29th of June after being summoned on the 20th of June. They are facing charges of public violence and malicious damage to property. Their charges arose when the five were picked up when students were demonstrating at Masvingo Polytechnic dinning hall against the early registration deadline which was the 31st of May. The five were arrested on campus and were detained at Chikato police station.
Their case will continue on the 10th of May.
The prosecutor is Mr M Rusere whilst their defence lawyer is Mr M Gwasira.
Weekly Case Tracker 25-29 JunePost published in: News