ZCTU leaders charged with public violence

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ZIMBABWE Republic Police (ZRP) officers on Friday 12 October 2018 altered charges faced by seven
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) leaders to public violence after initially charging them with
disorderly conduct.

ZRP officers first charged the seven ZCTU leaders namely President Peter Mutasa, Secretary-General
Japhet Moyo, Benice Maluleke, Prescilla Jonhi, Simon Mutasa, Munashe Chirovamari and Ezekiel Matema with disorderly conduct as defined in section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act before altering the charge to contravening section 37(1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of peace or bigotry.

The ZCTU leaders, who appeared at Harare Magistrates Court on Friday 12 October 2018 will return to
court on Saturday 13 October 2018, where Magistrate Nyasha Vhitorini is expected to hand down his ruling on their bail application, filed by their lawyers Tinomuda Shoko and Kossam Ncube of Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR.

In Mutare, ZLHR lawyers Natsai Nyamwanza, Peggy Tavagadza and Passmore Nyakureba secured $50
bail for each of the 20 ZCTU leaders and members, who were arrested on Thursday 11 October 2018 for
allegedly participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of the peace or bigotry as defined in section 37(1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

In Gweru, ZLHR lawyer Takashinga Pamacheche also secured the release of three ZCTU leaders namely
Moses Gwaunza, Charles Chikozho and Bernard Sibanda, who were arrested and charged with
participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of the peace or bigotry as defined in section 37 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

The National Prosecuting Authority ordered ZRP officers to proceed by way of summons if they intend to
prosecute the labour union leaders after citing lack of evidence gathered by the law enforcement agents.

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