Chikomo trial postponed for third time

The trial of the director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Abel Chikomo, was once again postponed on Monday, for the third time.

Chikomo stands accused of contravening the Private Voluntary Organisation Act, after conducting a survey on transitional justice without first being registered.

The state further alleges that Chikomo instructed two researchers to unlawfully obtain people’s recommendations on the preferred transitional justice mechanism for Zimbabwe.

The accusations, which Chikomo denies, have been on and off since February 2011, with the State at one point withdrawing the summons against him.

His trial was then set to get underway last year, but it has been postponed twice since then. It was hoped the matter would finally be heard on Monday.

But the case will now only begin at the end of the month, with a magistrate deferring the trial until October 28th. – SW Radio Africa

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