MDC MP freed

MUTARE - Mutasa Central MDC MP, Trevor Saruwaka — who was facing charges of participating in an unsanctioned demonstration — has been removed from remand.

The State had been dragging his trial citing incomplete investigations. The case will proceed by way of summons.

Saruwaka was being charged with participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence in breach of the peace or bigotry, as defined in Section 37 (1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.

It was the State’s case that Saruwaka was part of about 30 demonstrators who participated in an illegal protest on September 17.

According to State papers, MDC applied to the regulatory authority seeking clearance to hold a demonstration march from Sakubva Beithall to Meikles Park on September 17, demanding electoral reforms under the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) banner.

Police met convener of the planned demonstrations, David Chimhini, accompanied by Saruwaka, and told him that their proposed demonstration had not been cleared.

However, the State maintains that Chimhini and Saruwaka defied their order and led a demonstration they claim started at Choppies supermarket.

Police allege that they continued monitoring them for more than 200 metres before finally intercepting them at Power Sales shop, as they neared Meikles Park.

The State alleges that Chimhini and other demonstrators fled, as police closed in on the group.

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