ZIMBABWE: ARREST/HERALD/10/11/17 SABANews 1
BULAWAYO – Police in the ZIMBABWEAN commercial capital, BULAWAYO, have arrested THREE men and ONE woman and charged them with undermining the authority of President ROBERT MUGABE.
The State-run HERALD newspaper says they allegedly booed FIRST Lady GRACE MUGABE when she addressed a rally last SATURDAY at WHITE CITY Stadium in the municipality.
It names the suspects as 32-year-old MABUTHO LUCKY MOYO of LOBENGULA suburbs, MAYIBONGWE EVANS ZVIGADZA of BARBOURFIELDS, 28; WALTER SIBANDA of TSHABALALA, 24; and DEPHINE DZVANGE of NKETA SEVEN, 33.
Police are still looking for ZANU PF BULAWAYO Central District Chairperson MAGURA CHARUMBIRA, who is accused of leading the booing of the FIRST Lady.
The accused allegedly sang and made gestures after the FIRST Lady said Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister JONATHAN MOYO was being persecuted for nothing.
They have appeared before BULAWAYO Magistrate FRANKLIN MKHWANANZI with their Lawyer TANAKA MUGANYI of MUGANYI Law Chambers.
State Prosecutor JERRY MUTSINDIKWA says President MUGABE was Guest of Honour at the gathering, also attended by Vice President PHELEKEZELA MPHOKO, former Vice President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA, government officials and ruling party leaders.
He alleges the FOUR suspects sang a song whose lyrics say, We Hate What You Are Doing at the Stadium when the FIRST Lady was addressing the gathering, and they made hand gestures when they booed her.
Mr MUTSINDIKWA also claims ZANU PF youth members later intervened and took the fugitive Mr CHARUMBIRA out of the Stadium.
He further alleges police officers on duty saw the suspects booing as the FIRST Lady was addressing the rally at WHITE CITY.
The State has opposed bail for the FOUR accused persons, claiming they are likely to abscond and they may interfere with investigations – because statements of some potential witnesses still need recording.
However, Defence Lawyer MUGANYI has argued his clients have a Constitutional right to get bail, something that the State has no compelling reason to deny them.
He says the State has pushed for speculative thoughts that are not solid reasons to suggest the accused might abscond court, and they are willing to agree to a condition not attend any interface rally in future.
The FOUR members of the ruling party have been arrested after the dismissal of Vice President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA, also on accusations of undermining the authority of and planning to topple the ZIMBABWEAN Head of State./Sabanews/cam