State ready to prosecute anti-Mugabe cleric

HARARE - The State yesterday notified the court that it is now ready to institute trial proceedings for cleric, Phillip Mugadza, who is being charged with criminal nuisance after he reportedly staged a protest against President Robert Mugabe’s government.

Mugadza – who appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa – allegedly chained himself to fence rods at Africa Unity Square during his protest.

He was remanded to December 20 for trial date allocation.

On his initial court appearance, the cleric complained that he had been subjected to inhumane treatment at the hands of the police.

“Soon after my client’s arrest, he was detained for hours at Parliament building before being taken to a guard room where he was assaulted by plain clothed police officers, with the blessing of their uniformed counterparts who looked on,” Mugadza’s lawyer, Gift Mtisi, said.

He further claimed that Mugadza reported the matter but no arrest was made.

Prosecutor, Audrey Chogumaira, alleged that on November 22 at around 4 pm, police officers from the reaction group who were on patrol at African Unity Square reportedly heard the accused person shouting on top of his voice, disturbing people passing by the park.

The officers proceeded to where Mugadza was standing and noticed that he had chained himself to fencing rails at Africa Unity Square.

It is further alleged that Mugadza had positioned himself directly opposite Parliament building entrance along Nelson Mandela Avenue.

The court heard that the cleric annoyed Parliament employees and other members of the public.

He was subsequently arrested and taken to Harare Central Police Station after being advised of his charge.

The State intends to produce the chain and padlock used by Mugadza as exhibits.


Comments (3)

Chihurumende ichi chakaora zvechokwadi,kupedza nguva nekusunga munhu asina mhaka zvichisiya people like Jonathan Moyo,Kasukuwere,Undenge,who are actually making them poorer by stealing government funds which would have gone a long way in improving their lives and the future of their children.Kupedzera miseve kunana dhimba idzo hanga dziripo!

Janana wa Bikaz - 15 December 2016

Who is the complainant? How can it be assumed that he disturbed the peace of people passing by? Mahwindi anoshauta nguva dzose, sei asingasungirwi the same offence? Mavakushaya zvokuita manje apa nyika ichiparara ne corruption ye Zanu PF. Where is US$15B, and who has been arrested in connection with that? Haikona kutibhowa vanhuwe!!!!

Watanga - 15 December 2016

Paranoid state system without any clue as to how to manage any situation other than set Zimbavha Rinoba Pachena (ZRP) dogs on innocent citizens.

Vusumuzi wako Mange - 15 December 2016

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