Relief for expelled Zanu-PF Youth League members

Source: Relief for expelled Zanu-PF Youth League members | The Herald June 30, 2016

Fungai Lupande Court Reporter
Three expelled Zanu-PF provincial youth chairpersons – Godwin Gomwe, Godfrey Tsenengamu and Vengai Musengi – accused of inciting public violence were yesterday removed from remand.

This came after the trio made an application for refusal of further remand.

The prosecutor, Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa, submitted that a statement from his witness, Kudzai Chipanga, was still outstanding.

However, Mr Tendai Mahwe refused further remand and advised the State to proceed by way of summons.

In their application, the trio argued that they had been on remand for a long time without being furnished with a trial date.

The trio was accused of holding a Press conference with the intention of inciting war veterans to commit public violence.

They are also accused of circulating WhatsApp messages mobilising youths to commit public violence, tearing and burning a T-shirt inscribed “Vanhu vese kuna Amai”.

It is alleged that on February 16, the three held a Press conference in Harare during which they expressed their anger against some senior Zanu-PF and Government officials.

The court heard that they knew very well that the war veterans intended to have a meeting on February 18 and by conducting the Press conference, the trio wanted to incite the war veterans to commit public violence, alleging that affairs of the Zanu-PF party were being run unfairly.

It is the State’s case that the trio sent WhatsApp messages mobilising youths and war veterans to join them in what they termed the “Save Zanu-PF campaign’’.

On February 18, the court heard, the trio, acting in common purpose, went to City Sports Centre where war veterans had a meeting.

Without being provoked, the trio tore and burnt a T-shirt inscribed “Vanhu vese kuna Amai’’, it is alleged.