HARARE-ZIMBABWEAN authorities arrested Munyaradzi Shoko, the leader of
the Children of Zimbabwe War Veterans Association (Cozwa), a well-known
critic of president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of
criminal nuisance for allegedly posting offensive statements
Facebook against the ZANU PF party leader.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officials arrested Shoko on Tuesday 21st
August 2018 and detained him at Harare Central Police Station, where
they charged him with criminal nuisance as defined in Section 46 as
read with paragraph 2 (v) of the third Scheme of Criminal Law
(Codification Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
ZRP officers claimed that Shoko, who is represented by Moses Nkomo of
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights placed some statements on Facebook
between March and May 2018 criticize Mnangagwa and read it; "On
once he struck his own biological mother, he suspected later
for killing his own householder. He was discovered because he was the
brains behind Ndebele 1980s scum. His name is generally associated
with evil and devilish deeds. Today he begs for ur vote. WHAT A
ZRP officers said that Shoko's statements would probably lead to nuisance
and probably the ordinary comfort, peace or
peace of the audience.
ZRP officers have also charged Shoko with public violence as defined in
section 36 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter
9:23 for alleged participation in protests that were staged early in Harare
this month about delays in announcing the results of the harmonized
elections last month.
ZRP officers claimed that Shoko was guilty of acts of violence
Harare's Central Business District on Wednesday, August 01, 2018
along with a number of MDC Alliance party supporters during one
demonstration held in the capital to protest against Zimbabwe
Election Commission management of the harmonized elections held on
Monday, July 30, 2018, which reportedly led to the destruction of
owned and left six people dead after being shot by some members
from the Zimbabwe Defense Forces.
Shoko was also accused of mistreatment as defined in section 89 of the
Criminal law (codification and reform) Act 9:23 reportedly
mistreating Energy Mutodi, a ZANU PF member on August 25, 2017 at
Holiday Inn Hotel in Harare.
Meanwhile, ZRP officers were arrested and charged on Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Musa Chibaya, a resident in Gweru in the Midlands province, accused him of it
with malicious damage to property as defined in section 140 of the
Criminal Law Act (Codification and Reform) Chapter 9:23.
ZRP officers claimed that Chibaya had destroyed a windshield of a vehicle
after skirmishes broke out between ZRP officers, municipal police and
some informal traders.
Chibaya, which is represented by Jabulani Mhlanga from ZLHR, is expected
appear before the court on Thursday, August 23, 2018.