Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Peter Gift Mutasa and his secretary general, Japhet Moyo have appeared in court on charges of subverting a constitutionally elected government or, in the alternative, inciting public violence.
Mutasa (41) and Moyo (54) appeared before Harare Magistrate Elijah Makomo on Monday and were advised to approach the High Court for any issues of bail pending trial.
The two who are separately charged on other records as well as jointly charged together with others were remanded to February 8 in custody.
Prosecuting, Shepherd Makonde alleged that on January 1, 2019, Mutasa, while working in connivance with #ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire, who is already on remand on the same allegations, recorded and published a video to the Zimbabwean populace, which went viral on all social media platforms.
It is the State’s case that the recorded video was meant to subvert a constitutionally elected government in that Mutasa and Mawarire were coercing the Zimbabwean workers to boycott reporting for duty and encouraging civil disobedience or resistance to law.
The state further alleges the two men also coerced or attempted to coerce the constitutionally elected government by giving demands that the boycott or civil disobedience would only end if the government attended to their demands which were: to address economic challenges, pay workers in United States dollars and to remove the bond notes.