Scores of Mugabe opponents go on trial

gavelFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN courts will from today (Friday) begin the prosecution of more than 100 critics of President Robert Mugabe following a wave of protests last year.
Among these are opposition politicians, church leaders, human rights activists and vendors that participated in the demonstrations against the worsening economic and political problems.
The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) will represent most of the activists in the charges it argues are trumped up.
First to stand trial will be Movement for Democratic Change legislators Ronia Bunjira and Fani Munengami, both of the capital Harare.
They will appear alongside some residents also arrested in September for allegedly participating in protests over the government’s refusal to implement electoral reforms demanded by a coalition of opposition political parties.
Others to face prosecution include prominent vendors Larry Chasamba, Patrick Chifamba, Tendai Kagodora, Stendrick Zvorwadza and Winnety Mubaiwa, who protested against worsening socio-economic meltdown in the country.
Renowned pastor, Patrick Mugadza, of the Remnant Church in the northern Kariba.
He is among outspoken clergyman of the Mugabe regime, alongside Pastor Evan Mawarire who has since fled the country after courts cleared him of criminal charges emanating from the protests.
The trial of democracy campaigner Promise Mkwananzi of the Tajamuka/Sesijikile (Enough is Enough) group is scheduled for next Thursday.
He was arrested last August for protesting against police brutality.
Zimbabwe was last year gripped by anti-Mugabe protests over a myriad of problems afflicting the country.
Police brutally quashed the demonstrations.

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