Jim Kunaka up for inciting public violence

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Jim Kunaka

MDC-Alliance activist Jim Kunaka has been dragged before the court on allegations of subverting a constitutionally elected government or alternatively inciting public violence.

Prosecuting, Shepherd Makonde said Kunaka incited citizens to carry out nationwide shutdown and to stay away from work using his Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp accounts.

The State alleges that Kunaka participated and also urged the people to engage to take part in acts of public violence.

Kunaka appeared before Harare magistrate Francis Mapfumo facing charges of subverting a constitutionally elected Government or alternatively inciting public violence and he unsuccessfully challenged his placement on remand and the matter was remanded to January 31. He is in custody. 

In his application which was dismissed by the court, Kunaka was arguing that there was no reasonable suspicion warranting his placement on remand but the State opposed the application on the basis that the facts as presented by the State disclosed a reasonable suspicion that Kunaka committed an offence.

Kunaka was then placed on remand pending his trial before being remanded to January 31.

Allegations are that Kunaka urged and advocated that people should engage in various acts of public violence to achieve the mission.

Kunaka, the court heard, encouraged citizens to join hands with various trade unions and pressure groups to resort to strikes and demonstrations in order to shut down Zimbabwe.

He allegedly joined the violent protesters who included members of the opposition and pressure groups and committed acts of public violence and hooliganism countrywide urging people to overthrow the Government.

According to the State, due to Kunaka’s actions in connivance with his alleged accomplices, properties were burnt, people died while several others were injured.