Mahiya to chal­lenge place­ment on re­mand

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fun­gai Lu­pande Harare Bureau

OUSTED Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ZNLWVA) sec­re­tary for in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity Dou­glas Mahiya yes­ter­day no­ti­fied the court of his in­ten­tion to chal­lenge place­ment on re­mand on charges of un­der­min­ing the au­thor­ity of the Pres­i­dent.

Mahiya (61) who is on $300 bail, will make the ap­pli­ca­tion on the next re­mand date, Septem­ber 5, through his lawyer Mr Har­ri­son Nkomo.

The prose­cu­tor, Mr Se­bas­tian Mu­tizirwa, stood in for Mr Tapiwa Kasema and Ms Sharon Fero who were not present yes­ter­day.

“We are ready to make the ap­pli­ca­tion but we don’t want to put pres­sure on State coun­sel who is not seized with the mat­ter,” said Mr Nkomo.

“We will still chal­lenge fur­ther re­mand on next ap­pear­ance.”

Mr Nkomo in­di­cated that if the State fails to pro­duce a cer­tifi­cate of pros­e­cu­tion from the Prose­cu­tor Gen­eral on next re­mand, the mat­ter can­not be heard.

The mag­is­trate, Mr Vakayi Chik­wekwe, said there was no trace of a let­ter writ­ten to the PG’s of­fice and it could be a prob­lem with the clerk of court.

Al­le­ga­tions are that be­tween April 2016 and July 2016, Mahiya, act­ing in con­nivance with the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ex­pelled na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar, Fran­cis Nhando, sec­re­tary-gen­eral Vic­tor Matemadanda, na­tional vice chair­man Head­man Moyo and ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for Harare prov­ince Hoyini Sa­muel Bhila and other high-rank­ing na­tional, pro­vin­cial and district mem­bers still at large, pre­pared a com­mu­nique.

They au­thored the doc­u­ment head­lined, War Vet­er­ans com­mu­niqué on the state of Zim­babwe’s econ­omy, the Zanu-PF party lead­er­ship and the way for­ward for the peo­ple of Zim­babwe, in which they al­legedly made defam­a­tory state­ments thereby un­der­min­ing the au­thor­ity of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

The State al­leged that Mahiya cre­ated the com­mu­niqué with the knowl­edge and re­al­i­sa­tion that its contents may en­gen­der feel­ings of hos­til­ity or cause ha­tred, con­tempt or ridicule to­wards Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

On July 21, Mahiya al­legedly held a meet­ing at Rayl­ton Sports Club and is­sued the com­mu­niqué to a few jour­nal­ists lead­ing to the doc­u­ment be­ing pub­lished in the NewsDay and on the In­ter­net.

It is al­leged that in an in­ter­view with an SABC reporter, the ac­cused also den­i­grated the Pres­i­dent.

On July 27, a search was con­ducted at the ac­cused’s res­i­dence and copies of the com­mu­niqué were found as well as doc­u­ments ti­tled Re­sponse to the Pres­i­dent’s at­tack on War Vet­er­ans, which also un­der­mined the Pres­i­dent’s au­thor­ity.

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