Zvorwadza's political violence trial deferred

HARARE - Sten Zvorwadza, who lost to former ZBC radio personality Eric Knight in MDC primaries, has been further remanded to Wednesday for trial on charges of causing political violence.

He is jointly charged with five other MDC members for breaching the Electoral Act by allegedly causing violence after clashes prompted by the pasting of posters at Nenyere Flats on March 15, 2013 on the eve of referendum voting.

The State led by Tendai Shonhai refused the defence counsel, led  Marufu Mandevere to  produce BBC video footage that showed the  perpetrators of political violence that  occurred in Mbare.

The video footage shows Zvorwadza being attacked by Zanu PF supporters.

Zanu PF member  Plaxedes   Jaravaza, also known  as  Mbuya  Nehanda, made  the complaint  to the police, claiming that it was in fact them who had been beaten by  Zvorwadza and MDC youths.

She was supported by Edmore Mubaiwa and Gorden Chipanda, another Zanu PF supporter, who claimed that the MDC members were causing political violence in the constituency.

The Mbare Court was fully packed with MDC supporters following the trial.

Shonhai said that the MDC activists were facing serious charges of political violence and were likely to cause more chaos in the constituency.

Marufu said the objection by the State for the video to be produced in court was because the State did not want the court to see what really transpired on the day in question.

Marufu said the footage showed that Zanu PF members had attacked MDC supporters.

Zvorwadza was arrested when he went to Mbare Police Station to check on the progress on his matter that he had reported on the political violence that happened at Nenyere Flats.

He said instead of Zanu PF members being arrested, it was Zvorwadza and the five youths that have been charged.

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