ZCTU ‘treason’ case continues

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The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has lost its bid to overturn a police ban on a planned nationwide protest

Harare – The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Peter Gift Mutasa and his secretary general, Japhet Moyo have been further remanded by a Harare magistrate to February 20 in a matter in which they are facing charges of subverting a constitutionally elected government or, inciting public violence.

Mutasa (41) and Moyo (54) were granted bail by the High Court appeared before Harare Magistrate Elijah Makomo  on routine remand who in turn moved their case to February 20.

The two who are separately charged on  one case but jointly on another case 

Prosecutor Shepherd Makonde alleged that on January 1, 2019, Mutasa, while working in connivance with #ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire, who is currently 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 alleged 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.