Zvorwadza seeks Con-Court referral

HARARE - Vendors' leader, Sten Zvorwadza, and 13 alleged accomplices yesterday gave notice of intention to have their public disorder case referred to the Constitutional Court (Con-Court).

The group — charged with disorderly conduct in a public place following a July 16, 2016 demonstration against alleged municipal police corruption — appeared before Harare magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta.

They were represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights’ Jeremiah Bamu.

The application for referral is on the basis that “all their actions in this matter are constitutionally protected within sections 58, 59, 60 and 61 of the Constitution which guarantees freedom of assembly, association and conscience”.

Bamu will make an oral presentation of the application on February 20.

Prosecutor, Desire Chidanire, alleged that on July 16 last year, Zvorwadza — chairperson of the National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) — was in the company of a group of vendors when they decided to demonstrate against alleged corruption by municipal police.

The vendors were bitter that municipal cops looted their wares and shared it among themselves, and, in some instances, would demand bribes to release the goods.

It was alleged that Zvorwadza and his members gathered at Town House in Harare, holding placards that read: “Stop harassing women and children”, “Stop confiscation of our goods” and “Zvemadhisinyongoro hatichada”.

The court heard that they were dispersed by police, however, when they realised that the cops had left the scene, they reportedly regrouped and returned to Town House led by Zvorwadza.

They reportedly demanded to see the town clerk or mayor and approached security personnel that were stationed at the entrance.

The court heard that the vendors reportedly attempted to force their way into Town House but were restrained.

This did not stop them from singing and blocking the way for people who wanted to enter the building and conduct their business.

Police officers returned to the scene and advised the group to leave but the vendors reportedly held their hands together tightly and police had a hard time arresting them.

Comments (2)

mugabe must go we a tired of him

zvoradzwa - 14 February 2017

I am in my late 50s and to tell the truth I respect these young and brave men and women. They are brutalized almost on daily basis. Stern Zvoradza, Linda Masarisa, Mkwananzi, Adv Mahere just to mention a few. I heard Pastor Mawarire apologizing. I think he needs some advice. For me what he did was a betrayal of the highest order. We supported him, the lawyers, opposition parties, civic organizations all supported him,ALL of us except ZanuPF and the riot police supported him. Supporting him was risking one's life. The Pastor should know that by supporting him ,people also put their lives and those of their families danger. We did not run away, so he should not insult like that. Isu hatisi vanhu here, vana vedu havasi vanhu here. What he did was akin irritate a swam of angry bees and then goes to hide while the public gets stung. Thomas Mapfumo is another one who always insults the suffering people of Zimbabwe, he should come back and fight together with us, Hosiah Chipanga, Paul Madzre, Oliver Mtukudzi, Leonard Zhakata, Cot Mhlanga, Mudzova, Patson Dzamara and many others. However I would also like to advice the Pastor to apologize to the public and join any opposition party of his join. I don't hate him but I am not convinced that he is a good leader. A good shepherd does not invite hyenas feed on his flock.

Gandanga - 16 February 2017

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