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  • Aspiring legislator remains incarcerated as magistrate sets free human rights campaigners
    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
    July 11
    , 2013

    MDC-T Budiriro aspiring legislator Costa Machingauta on Thursday 11 July 2013 remained in police custody at Harare Central Police Station after he was arrested on Wednesday 10 July 2013 and charged with contravening Section 89 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. Machingauta is likely to appear in court on Friday 12 July 2013.

    In Chivhu, the State was asked to conduct further investigations in a case in which the police arrested an MDC-T member, Simbarashe Zindove, on Tuesday 9 July 2013 and charged him with contravening Section 89 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly assaulting a person who had been found removing Prime Minister and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s posters at a Business Centre in Chivhu and disposing them in a nearby pit latrine nearby. Zindove appeared at Chivhu Magistrate Court where the prosecutor was advised to proceed by way of summons once its house is in order.

    Meanwhile, Mutare Magistrate Noah Gwatidzo on Monday 8 July 2013 freed four human rights campaigners namely Sydney Chisi, Masimba Nyamanhindi, Tichafa Musana and Taziva Machiwana who were arrested on Saturday 6 July 2013 and charged with contravening Section 40 (c) of the Electoral Act for allegedly conducting voter education at a concert that was held in Mutare without clearance from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

    The four were brought to court on Monday after enduring two nights in police detention. The Magistrate asked the four campaigners to deposit $50 each with the Clerk of the Mutare Magistrates Court after their lawyers Blessing Nyamaropa, Jeremiah Mutongi Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Passmore Nyakureba of Maunga Maanda and Associates Legal Practitioners, a ZLHR member.

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