ZCTU boss court application dismissed

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Margaret Matibiri

The application for refusal of further remand by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) leadership and some activists who are facing charges for organising illegal demonstrations was dismissed.

ZCTU president Peter Gift Mutasa, secretary-general Japhet Moyo and five others made the application through their lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, on the basis that the State had no case against them.

Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa dismissed the application on the basis that it lacked merit. The court ruled that there was reasonable suspicion that the offence was committed or was about to be committed.

They are facing charges of participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence. They were remanded to November 16.

It is the State’s case that on October 8, the ZCTU informed the Officer Commanding Harare Central Police District that they intended to conduct a peaceful demonstration in the CBD on October 12.

The police turned down the request but ZCTU challenged the ban by the police in court and lost the case.

ZCTU then defied the ban and carried out an unlawful demonstration along Jason Moyo Avenue in Harare. The demonstrators waved placards insulting the President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Police efforts to dissuade them from carrying out the illegal demonstration failed leading to their arrest.