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Police charge Hon. Muguti with inciting public violence as trial fails to commence
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.

Hon. Muguti 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 the police.

Chidawanyika 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 with violence.

Kwekwe Magistrate Tendai Mahwe on Thursday 30 June 2011 and for the second time postponed the trial to 3 August 2011.

Magistrate Mahwe 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 crime.

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