Matemadanda's application thrown out

HARARE - Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general, Victor Matemadanda, will face trial after his application to be removed from remand was thrown out yesterday.

The court decision triggered demonstrations outside the Harare Magistrates’ Courts, with members expressing outrage in song and dance.

Clad in t-shirts disparaging First Lady Grace Mugabe, the war vets toyi-toyied. Matemadanda was appearing before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande facing charges of insulting and undermining President Robert Mugabe’s authority.

The charges arise from a press conference where he reportedly attacked the first lady.

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Matemadanda had applied for refusal of further remand.

But Sande dismissed the application, ruling that Matemadanda’s application was misplaced ostensibly because there was reasonable suspicion that the war veterans leader had committed the offence.

“The court does not need evidence at this stage but only reasonable suspicion that the accused indeed made the statement,” Sande said.

“…hence the application is hereby dismissed.”

The matter was remanded to October 12.

In submitting his application for removal from remand, Matemadanda argued that the charge against him and the facts as contained in the State outline did not disclose an offence.

Matemadanda further challenged his arrest, detention and remand, saying his trial would constitute a gross violation of his constitutional rights.

Matemadanda’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa argued that the country’s courts were being used to push political agendas.

Comments (1)

Do we have a law about insulting Grace?

sarah mahoka - 9 September 2017

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