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Mthwakazi Activists Back in Court for Treason Case

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

The three defendants who were arrested while distributing pamphlets in 2011 are accused of trying to topple the government of President Robert Mugabe.

Lawyers representing three members of the cessationist group Mthwakazi Liberation Front, who are facing treason charges, say their clients will be back in court next Tuesday to hear if their case will be discharged or if their trial will continue.

The defendants, who were arrested while distributing pamphlets in 2011, are John Gazi, Thomas Gumbo, and former presidential candidate Paul Siwela. They are are accused of trying to topple the government of President Robert Mugabe.

Attorney Lucas Nkomo said the development follows an application by the defence team for discharge of the trio at the end of the state case due to lack of evidence.

Meanwhile, 23 Bulawayo residents who were arrested early this year for demonstrating against power utility company, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, for allegedly employing more than 300 people outside Bulawayo and Matabeleland regions will learn their fate next Monday when they appear before a High Court judge.

The accused are residents of the city’s Mganwini, Pumula, Nketa and Khumalo suburbs, and include members of the pressure group, Mthwakazi Leaders Joint Resolution, which allegedly coordinated the demonstrations.

They are charged under the country’s Public Order and Security Act.
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