Duo nabbed for tearing Mnangagwa election posters

FILE - In this May, 4, 2018 file photo, a man has his picture taken in front of an election campaign poster of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa portrait, in Harare. Mnangagwa said Wednesday, May 30, 2018 that the country will hold elections on July 30. These will be Zimbabwe's first-ever elections since independence from white minority rule in 1980 without the participation of Robert Mugabe, who resigned in November amid pressure from the military, his party and the public.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

FILE – In this May, 4, 2018 file photo, a man has his picture taken in front of an election campaign poster of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa portrait, in Harare. Mnangagwa said Wednesday, May 30, 2018 that the country will hold elections on July 30. These will be Zimbabwe’s first-ever elections since independence from white minority rule in 1980 without the participation of Robert Mugabe, who resigned in November amid pressure from the military, his party and the public.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN police have arrested two men for allegedly tearing some political campaign posters of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as tensions intensify ahead of elections scheduled for July 30.

Peter Bizare, aged 29 years, and Tatenda Kamutungunde (25) are under probe following allegations they tore the posters pasted at a tuck shop (spaza) in Harare and instead stuck posters of bearing Zalerah Makari, an independent candidate for the Epworth constituency in the capital city.

She is among officials that have quit Mnangagwa’s ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) , which has been rocked by factionalism since the ouster of longtime predecessor, Robert Mugabe, in a military coup last November.

Epworth, a low density poverty-stricken settlement with a population of over 150 000 people, has been a hotbed of political violence ahead of Zimbabwe’s general elections.

Following a complaint by Weston Mushangura, the tuck shop owner, Bizare and Kamutungunde are facing charges of “destruction of political posters” in contravention of sections of the Electoral Act.

The duo is also facing another charge of assault under the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly teaming up with some unidentified Epworth residents to harass the tuck shop owner.

Other suspects are still at large.

Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa has granted Bizare and Kamutungunde US$20 (R274) bail each and remanded them out of custody to July 13 for commencement of trial.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights is opposing their prosecution.
– CAJ News

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