Four dragged to court for boo­ing First Lady

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Codelia Mon­dela Court Re­porter

THREE men and a woman from Bu­l­awayo have been dragged to court for al­legedly boo­ing First Lady Dr Grace Mu­gabe at the Zanu-PF Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face rally held on Satur­day at White City Sta­dium.

Mabutho Lucky Moyo (32) of Loben­gula, May­i­bongwe Evans Zvi­gadza (28) of Bar­bour­fields, Wal­ter Sibanda (24) of Tsha­bal­ala and Dephine Dz­vange (33) of Nketa 7 were al­legedly be­ing led by for­mer Zanu-PF Bu­l­awayo Cen­tral district chair­man Magura Charumbira who is at large.

A court heard that they al­legedly sang and made ges­tures throw­ing hands in the air af­ter the First Lady said Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo was be­ing per­se­cuted for noth­ing.

The quar­tet which is fac­ing a charge of un­der­min­ing the au­thor­ity of the Pres­i­dent, is rep­re­sented by Mr Tanaka Mu­ganyi of Tanaka and Law Cham­bers.

They were re­manded in cus­tody to today for bail rul­ing by Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Franklin Mkhwananzi.

Rep­re­sent­ing the State, Mr Jerry Mutsindikwa said the rally was at­tended by the Pres­i­dent Cde Mu­gabe as the Guest of Hon­our, Vice Pres­i­dent Cde Phelekezela Mphoko, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and other top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

“The quar­tet with oth­ers al­legedly sang the song Into oyen­zayo siyay­i­zonda (We hate what you are do­ing) at White City Sta­dium when DR Grace Mu­gabe was ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing,” Mr Mutsindikwa said.

He said the ac­cused made hand ges­tures as they booed the First Lady.

Zanu-PF youths later in­ter­vened and took Charumbira out of the sta­dium and as they booed the First Lady, the quar­tet was spot­ted by police of­fi­cers on duty, the court heard.

Mr Mutsindikwa in op­pos­ing the ac­cused’s ap­pli­ca­tion for bail said they were likely to ab­scond.

He said the state also feared that the ac­cused might in­ter­fere with the State wit­nesses as some po­ten­tial wit­nesses’ state­ments have not yet been recorded.

In re­sponse, Mr Mu­ganyi said it was the quar­tet’s con­sti­tu­tional right to be granted bail. He said the State had no com­pelling rea­sons to deny them bail.

“What the State has pushed for are spec­u­la­tive thoughts. They are no solid rea­sons to sug­gest the ac­cused might ab­scond court. The four are will­ing to agree to a con­di­tion that they should not at­tend any in­ter­face rally in fu­ture,” he said. — @Mon­de­laC.

Magura Charumbira is still at large

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