13 Transform Zimbabwe activists acquitted

Thirteen Transform Zimbabwe activists accused of contravening the Public Order and Security Act in Gweru, were found not guilty yesterday.

Jacob Chengedzeni Ngarivhume
Jacob Chengedzeni Ngarivhume

The accused were arrested for contravening Section 37 (11)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, through participating in a gathering with the intention to promote public violence.

Delivering the ruling, Pathekile Msipa, the Midlands Provincial Head Magistrate, said the state had failed to prove a prima facie case against the 13 accused. The accused were subsequently acquitted.

Prosecutor, Andrew Marimo, told the court that the accused on July 14, 2014, along Lobengula Road, between the Magistrate’s Court and Gweru Central Police Station, unlawfully and intentionally marched holding placards and singing while demanding the release of party president, Jacob Chengedzeni Ngarivhume.

Ngarivhume was in police holding cells after he was arrested earlier for violating POSA. TZ accuses law enforcement agencies of deliberately thwarting its democratic will to transform the nation.

Sungai Mazando, Transform Zimbabwe communications secretary, said: “TZ remains resolute, unmoved and more determined to deliver a new political dispensation based on tolerance and trust in the country.”

Ngarivhume is also appearing at the Nyanga Magistrate’s Court, Manicaland, for contravening POSA in the area.

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