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charge Hon. Muguti with inciting public violence as trial fails
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
June 30, 2011
Police in Kwekwe
on Thursday 30 June 2011 charged Gokwe-Kabuyuni Member of Parliament
Hon. Costin Muguti with contravening of Section 187 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly inciting public
violence after he allegedly addressed a meeting attended by Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters in his constituency.
The police led
by Detective Sergeant Chakanetsa whisked Hon. Muguti to Kwekwe Central
Police Station just after he appeared at Kwekwe Magistrates Court,
where they alleged that the legislator committed the offence at
Manoti Business Centre in Gokwe on 18 June 2011 when he told MDC
supporters at a rally that his MDC party will utilise a disused
pit in his constituency as a torture chamber just in the same way
as it was used against
MDC supporters by some ZANU PF members in 2008.
was released into the custody of his lawyers Regis Chidawanyika
of Chitere, Chidawanyika and Partners, who is a board member of
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and ZLHR member lawyer
Brian Dube of Gundu and Mawarire after being formally charged by
and Dube had just finished representing Hon. Muguti in a case in
which he is jointly charged with Zhombe MP Hon. Roger Tazviona and
other MDC members for allegedly threatening Chief Samuel Samambwa
Tendai Mahwe on Thursday 30 June 2011 and for the second time postponed
the trial to 3 August 2011.
was forced to postpone the trial after prosecutors indicated that
the State witness Chief Samambwa was not in court.
The trial was
also postponed because of the absence of technical equipment to
enable the viewing of a video file recorded by one of the accused
persons which captured what transpired at the alleged scene of the
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