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12 Zanu PF activists in court for staging demo at party HQ

By Staff Reporter

Twelve Zanu PF activists who caused a scene at their party headquarters on Tuesday, demanding the ouster of party youth league chair for Harare Emmanuel Mahachi have appeared in court charged with public violence.

The 12 are Melisa Master (27), Ireen Makuvire (50), Ernest Thuola (35), Tinashe Nheya (27), Prince Chatendeuka (36), Tafara Rusere (30), Edson Chabvuta (30), Larson Masenda (43), Rosewiter Munhava (34), Wellington Mutsvangwa (32), Blessed Kadumba (28) and Portia Mhishi (35).

They briefly appeared Harare Magistrate Apolonia Marutya who remanded them in custody pending their bail hearing.

Court papers show that the group went to Zanu PF headquarters on Tuesday demanding the removal of Mahachi from his post.

“On 19 September, the accused persons unlawfully forcibly and to a serious extent disturbed the peace, security or order of the public by chanting Zanu PF party slogans and chanting ‘Mahachi must go’, ‘Pasi neGwekwerere’,” reads court papers.

Some of the suspects had placards inscribed calling for Mahachi’s removal.

“They were wearing black t-shirts inscribed ‘Mahachi must go’.

“The accused were told by the police to stop what they were doing but they turned a deaf ear and continued to act in common purpose to disturb peace. They were arrested and taken to Harare Central Police Station,” court papers further read.

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