'Police mishandled war vets case'

HARARE - Police bosses who handled the case of war veterans leaders accused of insulting President Robert Mugabe have come under fire for disregarding court orders directing them to investigate human rights violations alleged by the accused.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) members Douglas Mahiya (spokesperson) Victor Matemandada (secretary general), Francis Nhando (political commissar), Headman Moyo (deputy chairperson) and Hoyini Samuel Bhila are accused of contravening section 33 of the Criminal Law on charges of undermining authority of or insulting the president.

They appeared before Harare magistrate Bianca Makwande represented by Beatrice Mtetwa, Andrew Makoni and Harrison Nkomo.

During the initial hearing for Mahiya on August 3, Nkomo complained that his client had been verbally abused, detained in a cell unfit for human habitation and that police had barricaded court rooms and deprived them access.

Nkomo raised concern yesterday over the State’s silence and demanded to see the response or else his client Mahiya be removed from remand.

However, prosecutor Tapiwa Kasema could not give a satisfactory account on why the report has not been tendered to court.

Kasema said he had instructed Crispen Makedenge, who was recently transferred to Masvingo, to carry out the investigations but there has not been any response.

Mtetwa then blasted the officer commanding Harare province Newbet Saunyama and Makedenge, who is the former CID Law and Order boss for ‘’taking the court as their playground by choosing to delay submitting the reports”.

“Your worship, I pray that you find the officer commanding Harare province with contempt of court. They must learn that court processes should be respected across board,” Mtetwa said.

Prosecutor Tapiwa Kasema suggested to have a senior assistant inspector at Law and Order Thulani Ncube brought to the witness stand but Mtetwa objected to the proposal.

“This court is not going to get into an inquiry. The same witness the State intends to call to the witness stand is the same person who is accused of perpetrating verbal abuse on the accused person,” added Mtetwa.

“We can’t have an inquiry on whether or not he has investigated himself or not. A report must be produced.”

Allegations against Mahiya arose between April 7 and July 21, this year, when he allegedly connived with Mtemadanda, Nhando, Bhila, Moyo and ZNLWVA members who are still at large and authored a document that undermined Mugabe’s office.

According to court papers, the documents were captioned, War Veterans Communiqué on the State of Zimbabwe’s Economy, the Zanu PF Party Leadership and the Way Forward for the People of Zimbabwe.

The State alleged that information contained in the document is defamatory.

Comments (2)

The war vets had no case to answer in the first place. They committed no crime. Expecting mangos from an orange tree is just an impossible wish. The problem is the zanu pf system . Free the police, free the justice system and sanity will prevail. Its just blame games with nothing to prove. Free the war vets and others please.

X-MAN IV - 14 September 2016

Why are these idiots and psycophants called War vets given such a special attention? They are not even veterans. THOSE WHO WERE REALLY FIGHTING FOR THE COUNTRY DIED during the struggle. Madzaku dzaku aya anongozviti MaWar Vet must be silenced

Emperor - 15 September 2016

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