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magistrate acquits ZESN volunteer charged with criminal nuisance
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
A Bindura Magistrate
has discharged Amon Chitando, a Zimbabwe
Election Support Network (ZESN) volunteer, who was arrested
on 17 June 2013 and charged with the crime of criminal nuisance
as defined in Section 46 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act as read with Section 2 (v)
of the Third Schedule of the same Act.
trial commenced on Friday 12 July 2013, was freed after his lawyer
Kennedy Masiye of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights applied for
discharge at the close of the State case after arguing that the
State had failed to prove a prima facie case against Chitando. Masiye
also argued that the State had failed to prove essential elements
that constituted criminal nuisance as Chitando had gone to the mobile
registration centre at Chigiji Primary, Masembura in Bindura, Mashonaland
Central province to register as a voter and also to acquire his
children’s birth certificates.
had alleged that Chitando had on 17 June 2013 and at Chigiji primary
school unlawfully and intentionally intercepted and disturbed people
who were registering to vote during the just ended voter registration
exercise thereby interfering with the ordinary comfort, convenience,
peace or quiet of the public or any section of the public. The prosecutors
also suggested that the ZESN volunteer diverted people who had queued
to register their names on the voters roll and asked them questions
at the same time noting their responses on the questionnaire he
was in possession of.
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