Opposition party supporter charged over police retaliation comments

AN opposition political party supporter was on Wednesday 26 October 2016 arrested and charged for allegedly inciting party supporters to retaliate against Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers in the face of mounting incidences of police brutality.

mdc-logoShakespear Mukoyi, the MDC-T political party’s Youth Assembly’s Deputy Chairperson was arrested on Wednesday 26 October 2016 and charged with contravening Section Section 187 as read with Section 36 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 09:23.

According tp State prosecutors, the 40 year-old Mukoyi contravened Section 187 as read with Section 36 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act after he allegedly unlawfully incited members of the public during a rally held on Sunday 23 October 2016 at Mukandabhutsu Open Space in Harare’s Msasa suburb, where he allegedly uttered the words: “ Kana mupurisa afarisa anenge angotirova ngaachigara kuChikurubi camp nekuti tikazomuona aine uniform achifamba famba tichazomurovawo”.

Mukoyi, who was represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights member Gift Mtisi, appeared before Harare Magistrate Arnold Maburo, who on Thursday 27 October 2016 released him on $100 bail and ordered him to report once every week on Fridays at ZRP offices and continue to reside at the given residential address and not to commit similar offences.

Mukoyi’s trial has been set for 24 November 2016.

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