Tsunga's trial fails to kick off

The State has today failed to proceed with the case of Dangamvura-Chikanga House of Assembly Member Arnold Tsunga and 49 other MDC-T party supporters on charges of holding an unsanctioned motorized campaign procession.

The case that was supposed to be heard by Mutare magistrate, Charles Murowe , did not proced after the court said it was not ready.

The matter was postponed to September 3 for trial.

Tsunga and the 49 party members were arrested and charged with criminal nuisance after they allegedly held a campaign procession in Mutare on July 19 without police clearance.

The procession was part of his campaign ahead of the July 31 harmonised elections.

The group is alleged to have driven around Dangamvura Area 3 and 16 and using three vehicles driven by Tsunga together with Allan Manzou and Boniface Gweru.

However, Tsunga through his lawyers Tinoziva Bere and Blessing Nyamaropa denied the charge.

The 50 spent a night in police custody upon their arrest, but were freed on July 20 upon payment of $20 admission of guilty fines each.

The fine was, however, quashed by the court after they challenged it.

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