MDC-T Harare North District vice-organising secretary Edmore Manyofa Thursday appeared before a Harare magistrate facing allegations of disrupting a Copac meeting in Borrowdale last week.
Manyofa (31) was represented by Marufu Mandevere who accused the police of adopting a biased approach by letting Zanu PF supporters disrupting Copac meetings off the hook.
“Zanu PF supporters seem to be above the law and they are untouchables. Borrowdale and Hatcliffe police failed to arrest Zanu PF supporters who actually disrupted the meeting but arrested my client who was trying to exercise his right to freedom of expression,” Mandevere said in his submission.
Allegations against Manyofa are that last week on Saturday he attended a Copac meeting at Greystone Primary school where he allegedly stood up and proceeded to the podium reserved for officials.
He allegedly started protesting that there were some hired people who had been paid to attend the meeting.
There was disorder in the hall as a result, the state alleges.
Copac officials allegedly ordered him off the podium but he refused and commotion erupted in the hall disrupting the whole process leading to the cancellation of the meeting.
Mandevere argued that the only time Manyofa went forward was when Copac officials invited him after he had raised his hand to inform them of intruders in the meeting.
“My client raised his hand to contribute and advise that there were various hired people present, Zanu PF supporters booed him and the officials invited him to come forward.
“Rowdy Zanu PF members rushed forward and prevented him from speaking and he immediately walked out to answer a call from Ian Makone who asked him to come to Hatcliffe,” Mandevere said.
Manyofa was arrested at Pamuzinda in Hatcliffe by police on allegations of assaulting a police officer at a Copac meeting and was taken to Borrowdale Police Station.
While at Borrowdale Police Station the police preferred more charges against Manyora and indicated that he would be further charged with disrupting a Copac meeting.
Prosecutor Tendai Chiduwa is expected to call the investigating officer today to lead evidence on why the state is opposed to granting of bail.
Provincial magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi presided over the matter.