GOKWE – MDC-T Gokwe Kabuyuni MP Costin Muguti (38) and another party activist Shadreck Kana (33) accused of political violence against Zanu PF members in 2008 indicated last Thursday that they would apply for discharge citing the State failure to prove its case against them.
Silas Nkala Staff Reporter
Muguti and Kana denied the public violence charges they were facing when they appeared before Gokwe resident magistrate Shepherd Mjanja.
Last Thursday, the two through their lawyer from Chitere, Chidawanyika & Partners legal firm told the court that the State had failed to prove its case against them and they would apply for discharge at the close of the State case.
The magistrate advised them to make written submissions and remanded the case to November 22 when he would make a ruling on their application. The two are out of custody on free bail.
The court heard that on March 25 2008, Zanu PF members who included Tobias Siyakhula, Give Siyambelebele and Davison Ncube were attending a campaign meeting for the harmonised elections which was being addressed by councillor Finos Sibanda at Vumba business centre in Gokwe North.
It is the State case that Muguti, Kana and Nickson Pensele, still at large, acting with common purpose, went to the venue of the meeting and started singing political songs, chanting their party slogans and jogging around the gathering.
They then allegedly started pelting the Zanu PF crowd with stones, forcing them to abandon the meeting.