MDC-T ‘impersonators’ denied bail

THE 19 suspected MDC-T activists who were arrested in Hatcliffe suburb over allegations of impersonating public officials were yesterday denied bail after the court ruled they would interfere with police investigations.

REPORT BY CHARLES LAITON

Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei ruled that the activists would compromise investigations if granted an opportunity to be tried out of custody. He remanded them to May 18.

A Harare lawyer, Denford Halimani, who was representing all the accused persons, criticised the police for arresting his clients arguing they were patriotic Zimbabweans encouraging other citizens to register as voters.

“It is amazing for people to be charged for encouraging others to register as voters. Is it not being patriotic if one invites others to register as voters? The State has created fictitious outstanding accused persons in a bid to oppose bail for my clients,” Halimani said.

The activists were charged with violating Section 179 (1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, which
criminalises impersonating public officials.

The State alleges that between April 18 and 25, the accused persons, who are not employees of any government department, descended on Hatcliffe purporting to be conducting a voter registration and verification exercise.

It is further alleged they were wearing golf T-shirts inscribed “Ministry of Home Affairs” and caps with a government logo and had copies of the voters’ roll.

Prosecutor Gift Zumbika opposed bail on the basis that there were outstanding accused persons who had disappeared with other voter registration rolls, an assertion challenged by Halimani.

The lawyer accused the police of being malicious in opposing bail arguing the offence which they were charged for was not serious and attracted the option of a fine if one was convicted.

“This is not an offence for which they are likely to be incarcerated and they will not be tempted to run away. For such petty offences the court would be persuaded to consider an option of a fine and/or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months for which community service would be considered,” Halimani said.

16 Comments

  1. All this is meant to frastrate the Party of Excellence but for now its time for registering to vote comrades.
    Lets not lose our focus of removing this tyrrany.
    Statistics wise Harare alone is capable of countering all 3 Mashonaland province if most youths register.
    Its not too late.
    Just make sure yourself and all close ones are registered as i did yesterday

  2. Tru Muchinja.
    Now its tym for action and not to cry.
    The ball is in our court.
    Register today
    PEACE

  3. The Children of Israel took years to come out of Egypt and not days merely because of murmuring and complaining yet on the table doing nothing.
    The oppertunity has been given to us Zimbabweans to effect change.
    Register to vote.
    Reading too much persecutions doesnt help.
    According to recent census, Harare is very capable of singlehandedly winning an election if ppl start registering

  4. its unfortunate that all this madness continues with impunity,but God is watching and listening and all bad things come to an end!Its very near

  5. People must use constitutional means for advancing a good cause.The treatment can be, understandably, viewed as too harsh , with clear traits of partisanship, but impersonation is a crime. We must not, for whatever good cause, trivialize or justify crime.Let the law take its course, then in future we will celebrate these people as gallant sons and daughters who defied the law in fight for democracy through the ballot.For now, it stands true that they broke the law and they are court candidates and jail clients.

    1. Teresa Mawoneyi Makone misled those youths. She must know better than to be a law unto herself. She must be arrested as well. What she did was abuse of her position as a Minister to carry out party business. As Mudede’s boss she was supposed to demand answers and report him to the police or bring the matter before parliament. The 19 youngsters are facing legitimate charges according to the law. Impersonation of a public officer is a crime. We expect Teresa to know better. That police is partial and biased is an issue that was supposed to be addressed by GNU but instead of seizing the opportunity, the MDC-T leaders see it as an opportunity to have Monday teas with their childhood hero
      Robert Mugabe.

  6. We are missing Phunyu with his venom today.His voice is silent today.Speak Phunyu speak.But no inlamba mfana wami.But the voice that you represent must not die.Kodwa hayi ngenhlamba. Beka nge nhlonipho.Ucaphune kancane kwelika Mrs Moyo izolo.Speak Phunyu spea.

  7. In Marondera we heard a Zanu PF aspiring candidate was going door to door telling people last time you voted for wrong party, thats real intimidation and undermining people’s choice, but was not arrested for that.These people were ecouraging their society to go and register to vote, they are arrested???
    So its only Zanu Pf’s independence the rest we are becoming their colony.

    We demand our freedom, if they will not respect our decision by pen and paper, we also remind them how they started!!1A gun didn’t stop them to fight for the freedom they are claiming, what makes them think it will stop us???
    We have to stop being a colony of Zanu pf now, we demand our freedom!!!

  8. NEWSDAY RUN BY FOOLS

    Lots of idiots making comments here

    1. Newsday inhlamba.Dictatorship signs are sowing in you.The desire that people say what you like is either a dictatorial tendency or dangerous intolerance.

    2. hahaha I thot you are one of them.

  9. Phunyukabemphethe

    They are Gukurahundis, thats the problem!

  10. principles of democracy

    Impersonation is a crime but if law enforcement and prosecution only target people who are not Zanu Pf,then it makes the crime not a crime in the hearts of generality of Zimbabweans. It is senseless and cruel to craft and use a law to a section or party of a society which opposes Mugabe.

  11. Zimbos are too educated to fall in Phunyus tricks.
    Besides chanting tribal hate comments, he further disguises himself as a Shona write who yeilds anti Ndebele sentiments like Zim is for Shonas or Ndebeles go to SA blah blah blah.
    All this is meant to infuriate the reader so as to think tribalism is rife in Zim.
    But plz Zimbos ignore him.

  12. george barracks

    ivo vachinyanya.

  13. Teresa Mawoneyi Makone misled those youths. She must know better than to be a law unto herself. She must be arrested as well. What she did was abuse of her position as a Minister to carry out party business. As Mudede’s boss she was supposed to demand answers and report him to the police or bring the matter before parliament. The 19 youngsters are facing legitimate charges according to the law. Impersonation of a public officer is a crime. We expect Teresa to know better. That police is partial and biased is an issue that was supposed to be addressed by GNU but instead of seizing the opportunity, the MDC-T leaders see it as an opportunity to have Monday teas with their childhood hero
    Robert Mugabe.

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