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Provincial Treasurer's trial set for November
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
October 20, 2010
Democratic Change (MDC) Treasurer for Mashonaland Central Province
Gilbert Kagodora will now stand trial on 10 November after Bindura
Magistrate Charles Murove postponed his trial on charges of undermining
the authority of or insulting President Robert Mugabe.
postponed Kagodora's trial after his lawyers David Hofisi
and Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) informed
the court that the prosecutor had not served them with the witness'
statements so as to fully prepare for trial.
Kagodora will now stand trial on 10 November 2010 after the prosecutor
undertook to provide Hofisi and Bamu with all the witness'
was issued with a warrant of arrest after he arrived late for his
case but which was later cancelled when he appeared in court is
accused of contravening Section 33 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 by undermining
the authority of or insulting the President.
The police allege
that Kagodora denounced President Mugabe during an address to party
supporters at a constitutional awareness meeting held at Nzvimbo
Council Hall in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central on 11 March 2010 and
at another meeting held in Wadzanai suburb in Shamva, Mashonaland
Central on 5 June 2010, when he said; "Mugabe mudenga, Grace
mudenga, vabatanidzei, roverai pasi," which the police deduced
to mean "Mugabe up, Grace up, bring them together and drop
them on the ground."
was removed from remand on 25 June 2010 by Magistrate Ruramai Chitumbura
on the same charge that he has been summonsed to stand trial after
his lawyers applied for refusal of further remand.
Epworth Member of Parliament Hon. Eliah Jembere, who was also charged
with undermining the authority of or insulting the President Mugabe
at the same time with Kagodora, was also removed from remand on
25 June 2010. Hon. Jembere has not yet been served with any summons
on the matter.
was accused of insulting President Mugabe when he addressed party
supporters at a constitutional awareness meeting by saying "Mugabe
mudenga, ZANU PF mudenga, vabatanidzei, roverai roverai pasi,"
which the police interpreted as meaning to say "Mugabe up,
ZANU PF up, bring them together and drop them down.
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