Tsenengamu to remain on remand

Tsenengamu to remain on remand

Source: Tsenengamu to remain on remand | The Herald May 12, 2017

Tendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter—
Former Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central youth chairperson Godfrey Tsenengamu, who is accused of subverting a constitutionally-elected Government or alternatively undermining the authority of the President, yesterday unsuccessfully made an application for refusal of further remand. Tsenengamu appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Barbara Chimboza for his routine remand and the prosecution sought a further postponement of the matter to June 30.

Prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa told the court that the docket was now at the Prosecutor-General’s Office for perusal, but there was an outstanding witness statement which needed to be obtained from the Daily News.

He said after getting the statement, Tsenengamu would be furnished with his trial date.

Through his lawyer, Mr Zivanai Macharaga, Tsenengamu expressed displeasure at the manner in which the State seemed to be dragging its feet in furnishing him with a trial date.

He accused the State of giving the same statement of the outstanding document on every remand date.

Tsenengamu then made an application for refusal of further remand, which Ms Chimboza dismissed on the basis that the State should be afforded another chance to wind up investigations.

Tsenengamu also stands accused of contravening the Public Order and Security Act by holding a press conference without notifying the regulating authority.

It is the State’s case that on February 20, Tsenengamu convened a public meeting at Media Centre Zimbabwe without notifying the responsible authorities.

The court heard that he went on to publicly and unlawfully make statements urging war veterans across the country to push President Mugabe out of office through unconstitutional means.

He was quoted as saying: “It is time we go open about the succession thing because some of us have since identified our candidate and it’s none other than Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. If (President) Mugabe does not like him that is up to him, but we are saying we now want him to lead.”

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    harper 5 months

    If the government thinks it has a weak case and may loose in court it simply refuses bail until the victim has served his deemed sentence unconvicted. This modus operandi replaces detention without trial and is a feature in many countries ruled by fear.