‘Boo-boy’ Charumbira re­manded in cus­tody

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Reporter

EX­PELLED Zanu-PF Bulawayo Cen­tral dis­trict chair­man Magura Magura Charumbira, who is sus­pected to be the ring leader of a clique of rowdy party sup­port­ers that booed the First Lady Dr Grace Mu­gabe dur­ing the Pres­i­den­tial In­ter­face Rally at White City Sta­dium early this month, ap­peared in court yes­ter­day.

Charumbira (43) of Pu­mula South sub­urb and his gang mem­bers 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.

Charumbira ap­peared be­fore Bulawayo pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate Ms Sharon Rose­mani fac­ing in­cite­ment to com­mit pub­lic vi­o­lence and un­der­min­ing the au­thor­ity of the Pres­i­dent charges.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to to­day pend­ing rul­ing on his ap­pli­ca­tion for bail.

Charumbira, through his lawyers, Mr Christo­pher Dube of Dube-Banda, Nzarayapenga and Part­ners and Mr Tanaka Mu­ganyi of Tanaka Law Chambers, said he was a proper can­di­date for bail. He ar­gued that the State could not sus­tain its as­ser­tion that he was likely to ab­scond if granted bail.

Mr Dube said his client was in­no­cent un­til proven guilty. He also ar­gued that there was no ba­sis upon which Charumbira was be­ing de­nied bail.

“There is ab­so­lutely no ba­sis to deny the ac­cused per­son bail sim­ply be­cause he is likely to ab­scond yet he sur­ren­dered him­self to the po­lice. The con­tention that he will ab­scond is self-de­feat­ing on the part of the State and it would be grossly un­fair to hold ac­cused in cus­tody on charges that can­not be sus­tained,” ar­gued Mr Dube.

Mr Mu­ganyi said the facts in the charge sheet were laced with a lot of con­tra­dic­tions.

“The ac­cused is be­ing ac­cused of in­cit­ing pub­lic vi­o­lence, but the State failed to in­di­cate who he in­cited. The facts are con­tra­dic­tory be­cause it is al­leged that the ac­cused per­son dis­rupted the rally yet he was re­moved from that gath­er­ing,” he said.

The State, which was be­ing rep­re­sented by Mr Jeremiah Mutsindikwa, op­posed bail, ar­gu­ing that if granted bail there was no guar­an­tee that Charumbira would not ab­scond given that he has four other pend­ing cases be­fore the courts.

Mr Mutsindikwa said in the pend­ing Charumbira breached his bail con­di­tions.

In May this year, Charumbira was al­legedly stabbed in the head and face dur­ing in­tra-party clashes at the Zanu-PF Bulawayo pro­vin­cial head­quar­ters, Davies Hall, as two ri­val groups fought over con­trol of the party of­fices. He was sub­se­quently ar­rested fol­low­ing the vi­o­lence.

“The State through the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer has man­aged to put com­pelling rea­sons as to why ac­cused should not be granted bail. His con­duct has shown that ac­cused per­son has no re­spect for the courts af­ter fail­ing to com­ply with his bail con­di­tions in sim­i­lar pend­ing cases by not re­port­ing to the Bulawayo’s CID Law and Or­der of­fices twice a week,” he said.

Charumbira ar­gued that his fail­ure to re­port to the cases, po­lice was due to an undis­closed ail­ment. A med­i­cal re­port was pro­duced in court to sup­port his ar­gu­ment, but the State was quick to dis­miss it as fake.

Mr Mutsindikwa said Charumbira used the med­i­cal re­port to cover up for fail­ing to abide by the bail con­di­tions.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Mutsindikwa said on Novem­ber 4 this year, Charumbira was part of a crowd that gath­ered at White City Sta­dium in Bulawayo for the Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face rally.

The court heard that when the First Lady stood up to ad­dress peo­ple, Charumbira, a ring leader of a small group of sup­port­ers aligned to for­mer Vice-Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, also stood up and started protest­ing and heck­ling the First Lady.

“The ac­cused per­son started mak­ing ges­tures by throw­ing hands in the air and boo­ing the First Lady. His col­leagues joined him as they sang songs de­nounc­ing Dr Mu­gabe af­ter she said Prof Moyo was be­ing per­se­cuted for noth­ing,” said Mr Mutsindikwa.

Charumbira and his group were whisked away by Zanu-PF youths af­ter the First Lady com­plained that rogue el­e­ments were dis­rupt­ing her speech.

Last Fri­day, four mem­bers of Charumbira’s al­leged gang ap­peared in court charged with un­der­min­ing the au­thor­ity of the Pres­i­dent and were each granted $50 bail.

Mabutho Lucky Moyo (32) of Loben­gula, May­i­bongwe Evans Zvi­gadza (28) of Bar­bour­fields, Wal­ter Sibanda (24) of Tsha­bal­ala and Dephine Dz­vange (33) of Nketa 7 sub­urb are set to ap­pear at Bulawayo Re­gional court on Novem­ber 23 for trial. — @mash­nets

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