Mawarire, Mutasa trial date set

The trial of #ThisFlag founder and cleric Evan Mawarire together with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union,(ZCTU) boss Peter Mutasa has been set for June.

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The trial of #ThisFlag founder and cleric Evan Mawarire together with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union,(ZCTU) boss Peter Mutasa has been set for June

Harare Magistrate Barbra Chimboza set June 24 as the day on which the two will have their case of treason and plotting to overthrow an elected government heard.

Arrested after the January three day national stay away, the two however immediately gave notice that come June 24 and the state fails to prosecute them, the will apply for refusal of further remand.

The two were arrested in January following the massive three day shutdown which rocked the country following an increase of fuel by more than 150%.

They were arrested as a result of an alleged video which was recorded on social media urging people to stay away.

They are facing charges of subverting a constitutionally elected government.

Mutasa is represented by Alec Muchadehama while Mawarire is represented by Tonderai Bhatasara.

Mawarire and Mutasa are jointly charged with subversion of a constitutional government.

Allegations are that the video they recorded on social media encouraging people to stay away and protest on the government misrule. The state is of the case that the accused persons were the reason why people ended up violent on the day of stay away although in the video they denounced violence it however provoked people to do so.