A 28-YEAR-OLD Kwekwe man, Farai Zivogara, arrested last year over allegations of heckling and continuously disrupting Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa who was addressing protesters at his farm, has been acquitted for lack of evidence.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
The State had alleged that Zivogara kept interjecting as Mnangagwa addressed the demonstrators who were protesting against VP’s neighbour, Reverend Tititi Moyo.
However, Kwekwe magistrate Taurai Manwere threw out the matter at the close of the State case on Tuesday.
The ruling followed an application by Zivogara’s lawyer Dumisani Mthombeni, who accused police of fabricating charges against his client in an effort to curry favour with Mnangagwa.
He submitted to the court that police had made up evidence against his client as evidenced by contradicting versions which were given in court by the arresting officer Sergeant Edson Mazivire and another police officer Sergeant Knowledge Dube.
Mazivire told the court he arrested Zivogara immediately after he had finished interjecting Mnangagwa, claiming he had been ordered to do so by the Zanu PF strongman.
“Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa instructed the police to arrest the accused just after he had finished speaking without getting permission from him as he was the one chairing the meeting,” said Mazivire.
Dube, however, said Zivogara was only arrested after the meeting had ended, but not because Mnangagwa had ordered his arrest.
Mthombeni further submitted that the State had only brought two police witnesses to testify in a matter which had taken place at a public meeting which was attended by over 100 people because they knew their case was “a mere fishing expedition”.