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acquits human rights campaigners as ConCourt sets hearing date for
Nyikadzino’s election date challenge
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
were on Friday 21 June 2013 left with egg on their faces after Harare
Magistrate Don Ndirowei acquitted two human rights campaigners charged
with forgery and conspiracy to commit fraud or publishing false
statements prejudicial to the State.
on Friday acquitted ZimRights
Director Okay Machisa, his workmate Leo Chamahwinya and ZimRights
as an organisation after their lawyers from Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights (ZLHR) applied for discharge at the close of the State
lawyer and ZLHR board member Trust Maanda, who represented ZimRights
together with Selby Hwacha and Beatrice Mtetwa said that Magistrate
Ndirowei freed the human rights activists after ruling that there
was no evidence linking them to the commission of the alleged offence.
Chamahwinya was represented by Admire Rubaya.
The trial of
Dorcas Shereni, a ZimRights official and two others Farai Bhani
and Tatenda Chinaka who are accused of contravening Sections 31,
136 and 137 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly attempting to
defraud the Registrar General’s Office by forging and manufacturing
counterfeit copies of certificates of voter registration continues
next month after they were all put to their defence.
had alleged that Machisa, Chamahwinya and ZimRights represented
by its board treasurer Nunurayi Jena created fake copies of voter
registration certificates between May 2012 and January 2013 in a
bid to defraud the Registrar General’s office.
The State claimed
that there was a possibility that the misrepresentation by Machisa
and his fellow activists could cause “bloodshed or a chaotic
situation in Zimbabwe” if the fake documents were only detected
during the general election planned for later this year.
Constitutional Court will on Thursday 27 June 2013 hear an urgent
application in which a human rights campaigner Nixon Nyikadzino
is seeking a revision of the proclamation of July 31 as the election
Mugabe recently unilaterally declared
July 31 as the date for presidential, parliamentary and local government
elections. This followed the Constitutional Court’s decision
in which seven judges ruled
that President Mugabe must
set elections by the end of July.
popularly known as “Mao” says the court’s decision
and Mugabe’s proclamation violate his rights. He argues that
the court’s July 31 election deadline would result in restrictive
time frames within which the impending elections must now be held
and that these timeframes significantly threaten or compromise his
right to vote as a citizen and to participate in free and fair elections.
request recently received support from leaders of the 15-nation
Southern African Development Community, who forced President Mugabe
to climb down from a unilateral decision to hold elections on July
31 following a meeting of the southern African regional bloc in
In an urgent
application filed in the country’s highest court, Nyikadzino
argues that: “There has not been progress in key and mandatory
processes necessary for the holding of free and fair elections.
Some of the processes have not yet commenced and some are about
to commence. None have been finalised.”
He argues that
constitutionally, it is impossible for relevant processes needed
for free and fair elections to be completed on July 31 without violating
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