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arrest Tsvangirai's drivers as MP and Mabvuku residents released
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
February 14, 2011
Beitbridge police on Friday 11 February 2011 arrested two drivers
of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and charged them with flouting
the Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use) Regulations.
Clifford Sanyika and Joshua Mhuruyengwe, who were arrested at the
Beitbridge Border Post on their way from South Africa were charged
with contravening Section 29 (1) (10) or alternatively Section 29
(3) of Statutory
Instrument 154 of 2010 for allegedly driving two vehicles fitted
with blue beacon lights.
claim that the drivers had no authority to drive vehicles fitted
with beacon lights. They said only a motor vehicle used by or for
the purposes of the police force or military police of the Zimbabwe
National Army or used for escorting the vehicle in which the President
or a person authorised by the President is travelling may be equipped
with a blue beacon light.
drivers deny the charge. The driver's lawyer Kossam Ncube
of Ncube and Partners, who is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human
Rights, said the beacon lights were not fitted on top of the cars
but were placed inside the car after being collected in South Africa.
Magistrate Gloria Takundwa will on Tuesday 15 February 2011 deliver
a ruling on a bail application which was filed by Ncube when the
drivers appeared in court on Monday 14 February 2011.
Kadoma Magistrate only identified as Chavi on Monday 14 February
2011 granted bail to Gokwe-Kabuyuni Member of Parliament Hon. Costin
Muguti and 11 Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters.
Magistrate Chavi ordered Hon. Muguti and the MDC supporters to deposit
$20 with the Clerk of Court. Hon. Muguti who initially was facing
charges of public violence had his charges altered to disorderly
police released from custody 51 Mabvuku residents who were arrested
on Saturday 12 February 2011 for allegedly contravening Section
186 (1) (a) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
The 51 residents
were released on summons. However, Councillor Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi
remained in police custody.
the ZLHR fact
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