Edmund Kudzayi acquitted!

Journalist and former editor of the Sunday Mail, Edmund Kudzayi has been acquitted on charges of contravening section 32 of the Criminal Law and codification and Reform Act which makes it unlawful to posses or wear a camouflaged uniforms

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Journalist and former editor of the Sunday Mail, Edmund Kudzayi has been acquitted on charges of contravening section 32 of the Criminal Law and codification and Reform Act which makes it unlawful to posses or wear a camouflaged uniforms .

The charges against Kudzayi were emanating from possession of a camouflage umbrella and he was acquitted by Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba after his application for excepting to the charges was granted.

The Mail and Telegraph has it on good authority that he is threatening to sue with costs.

The freelance journalist, who was represented by Obey Shava from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, was arrested on February 22 at a police check-point along Domboshava Road in Harare after he was allegedly found in possession of a camouflage umbrella with a pouch in his vehicle.

When trial commenced, Shava filed an application for exception to the charges, wherein Kudzayi denied committing the offence as alleged by the prosecution.

His arrest in February came after the Zimbabwe National Army announced that it was conducting a snap search in residential areas for military regalia, which it alleged was stolen during the 14 January mass protests.