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activists finally acquitted
Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD)
January 09, 2013
activists arrested during a peaceful march on 04 July 2012 while
commemorating 4 years after the sporadic political violence
of 2008 and advocating for the rehabilitation of victims of
political violence and rape were acquitted yesterday the 8th of
January 2013 by magistrate Mwanyisa at Masvingo Magistrate Courts.
The five were acquitted after the magistrate highlighted the deficiency
of the state to build a strong case in which the magistrate highlighted
the frivolous and vexatious nature of the states' case which
was in adequate to proceed with prosecuting the five activist. The
five Danmore Chuma, Blessing Mushava, Johannes Muzenda, Japhinos
Musora and Tasunungurwa Zumba were facing two counts of contravening
section 25 (5) of the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA) chapter 11.17 number 18/2007 and
undermining the authority of the president as defined in section
33 (1) (b) of the code.
continue to press for genuine reforms that can ensure violent free
elections while it also remains the primary responsibility of the
government to take care of the victims of political violence.
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