Duo arrested over Mnangagwa’s campaign posters

ZIMBABWEAN police have arrested two Harare residents for allegedly tearing some political campaign posters belonging to ZANU PF party leader Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe Republic Police officers on Monday 02 July 2018 arrested Peter Bizare aged 29 years and
Tatenda Kamutungunde aged 25 years, who all reside in Epworth suburb located just outside Harare
and charged them with destruction of political posters in contravention of section 152(1) of the Electoral Act Chapter 2:13.

According to prosecutors, Bizare and Kamutungunde allegedly pasted two political campaign posters
bearing Zalerah Makari’s images on a tuckshop owned by Weston Mushangura, who is the
complainant in the matter, without his consent. Makari is contesting as an aspiring legislator for the
Epworth constituency and will face Earthrage Kureva of the MDC Alliance, Kudakwashe Damson of
ZANU PF party among other contestants.

Prosecutors charged that during the process of putting up Makari’s campaign posters, the two Epworth
residents, who are represented by Noble Chinhanu and Idirashe Chikomba of Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights, allegedly tore two of President Mnangagwa’s posters, which were also pasted on
Mushangura’s tuckshop.

The duo is also facing another charge of assault as in defined in section 89(b) of the Criminal Law
(Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:15.

Prosecutors claimed that Bizare and Kamutungunde teamed up with some unidentified Epworth
residents, who are still at large to confront Mushangura and instilled fear in him, while one of the
accused persons identified as Nicholas Bhizari and who is reportedly still at large held the tuckshop
owner by the collar while his alleged accomplices shouted at him.

Bizare and Kamutungunde, who appeared in court on Tuesday 03 July 2018, were granted $20 bail by
Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, who remanded the duo out of custody to 13 July 2018 for
commencement of trial.

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