MUTARE — The trial of Supreme Court West MP Lynette Karenyi, who is jointly charged with her
MDC-T district chairman for holding a rally without police clearance in November last year, failed to kick off on Monday after the State indicated that it was not yet ready for the case.
REPORT BY OBEY MANAYITI
The MDC-T officials are being charged for contravening Section 25 (5) of the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) Chapter 11,17.
Mutare magistrate Sekesai Chiundura deferred the matter to February 11 for trial.
Karenyi (37), who is the MDC-T women’s assembly organising secretary, and Freddy Dziwande (38) have denied the charges.
Charges against the pair are that on November 24 last year at Zimunda village in Chief Muusha area, Chimanimani, the two unlawfully and intentionally held an unsanctioned political meeting.
According to Posa, the two were supposed to have sought police clearance before conducting the alleged meeting.
According to State papers in which Nyanyadzi Police Station officer-in-charge Aribeto Mbuwa is the informant, the two had no lawful right to call for a rally without being cleared.
The State is arguing that on the day in question at about 12:30pm, the pair held a political meeting which was attended by about 50 people.
In December 2011, Kerenyi was again arrested and spent Christmas holidays in remand prison after being charged for undermining the Office the President at a campaign rally in her constituency.
The matter was later referred to the Supreme Court where it is pending.