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COTRAD activists finally acquitted
Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD)

January 09, 2013

Five COTRAD 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.

COTRAD will 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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