Former MP’s conviction quashed

The High Court on Thursday set aside the earlier conviction of former MDC Member of Parliament for Chimanimani West, Lynette Karenyi, who had been jailed for holding an unsanctioned meeting.

Lynette Karenyi
Lynette Karenyi

Karenyi was convicted for contravening Section Section 25 (5) of the Public Order and Security Act Chapter 11:17 (POSA) on 13 May 2013 by Mutare Magistrate Sekesai Chiundura and was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.

At her conviction, she was, however, given the option of paying a $200 fine and was slapped with an additional three months that was suspended on condition she did not commit a similar offence in five years.

The State charged her for holding an illegal meeting at Zimunda Village under Chief Muusha in Chimanimani, Manicaland province.

However, her lawyers, David Tandiri of Tandiri Law Chambers and Blessing Nyamaropa of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) appealed against the conviction at the High Court.

They argued that Karenyi did not convene the meeting, adding that the magistrate erred in that she only relied on State witness and ignored defence witnesses.

Yesterday, High Court judges of appeal, Francis Bere and Charles Hungwe, duly overturned the conviction and found Karenyi innocent.

ZLHR welcomed the quashing of the conviction.

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