The trial of MDC-T treasurer for Mashonaland Central Gilbert Kagodora, who allegedly undermined and insulted President Robert Mugabe, failed to open Wednesday because the state bungled on serving summons.
Kagodora was served with summons last week following the state’s decision to proceed to trial three months after the court removed him from remand.
However, the return of service was improper.
The MDC-T official was granted free bail on the matter by Bindura magistrate Ruramayi Chitumbura while Kagodora was represented by Jeremiah Bamu from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
It is the state’s case that during a campaign rally in Shamva between March 11 and June 5, Kagodora allegedly criticised President Mugabe.
While addressing MDC-T supporters he allegedly said: “Mugabe up, Grace up, bring them together and crush them to the ground.”
According to the state outline, the alleged statements were uttered at Nzvimbo Council Hall.
The state says on the day in question, Kagodora publicly, unlawfully and intentionally made the alleged statements insulting President Mugabe, which led to his arrest.
Upon his arrest, Epworth MP Eliah Jembere was also picked up by the police and charged with insulting President Mugabe during the same meeting. Kagodora is denying the charges.