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Warrant of Arrest for Siwela, Gazi Acquitted of Treason Charges

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

The three were arrested early 2011 while distributing pamphlets and charged with trying to topple the government of President Robert Mugabe through unconstitutional means.

A Bulawayo High Court judge Thursday acquitted one member of the cessationist group Mthwakazi Liberation Front, John Gazi of treason charges and issued a warrant of arrest for his co-accused Paul Siwela.

Unconfirmed media reports say Siwela, a former presidential candidate, is on the run after allegedly receiving death threats.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Nicholas Ndou ruled that the third co-accused Charles Thomas Gumbo will stand trial in January next year.

The three were arrested early 2011 while distributing pamphlets and charged with trying to topple the government of President Robert Mugabe through unconstitutional means.

Their lawyer Robert Ndlovu said the defence team will closely study Thursday’s ruling and come up with the next course of action.

Meanwhile, former National Healing, Reconciliation and Intergration co-minister Moses Mzila Ndlovu’s armed robbery case was Thursday post postponed to December 12.

However, his lawyer Matshobana Ncube told Studio 7 he has applied for the dismissal of the case.

Mzila-Ndlovu, who was arrested early this year, is accused of pointing a gun at two poachers he found on his farm, and later robbed them of their cash, car keys, cell-phones and identification documents. He is denying the charges.
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