Pastor Mawarire Pleads “Not Guilty ” As Trial Commences

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#ThisFlag campaign leader Pastor Evan Mawarire has pleaded not guilty to charges of subverting constitutional government as his trial commenced before High Court Judge Justice Priscilla Chigumba. Asked by Justice Chigumba how he pleaded to the charges of subverting constitutional government and of incitement to commit public violence, Pastor Mawarire said; “I plead not guilty.” Justice Chigumba granted the clergyman bail on the previous conditions and added another conditional that he deposits the title deed of his parents’ home with the clerk of court.

Handcuffed Pastor Evan Mawarire arrives at court after he was arrested for addressing students demonstrating over fees in Harare, Zimbabwe June 28,2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Asked by Justice Chigumba how he pleaded to the charges of subverting constitutional government and of incitement to commit public violence, Pastor Mawarire said; “I plead not guilty.” Justice Chigumba granted the clergyman bail on the previous conditions and added another conditional that he deposits the title deed of his parents’ home with the clerk of court.

Justice Chigumba granted the clergyman bail on the previous conditions and added another conditional that he deposits the title deed of his parents’ home with the clerk of court.

Mawarire however will spend the night in remand prison as his defence team were yet to get the title deed. He is yet to appear at the Harare Magistrates Court for initial remand in relation to a fresh charge of subverting constitutional government of which he was charged for after he was arrested on Sunday 24 September 2017 for allegedly circulating a video on social media on Saturday 23 September 2017 protesting against the country’s agonising economic crisis.

The 40 year-old clergyman, who is represented by Harrison Nkomo of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, was arrested in July 2016 and January 2017 and charged with two counts of subverting constitutional government as defined in section 22 (2) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23 or alternatively incitement to commit public violence as defined in section 187 (1) (a) as read with Section 36 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) represented by Chris Mtangadura claimed that Pastor Mawarire incited Zimbabweans from “all walks of life” to revolt and overthrow a constitutionally elected government.

The NPA has lined up eight witnesses who include Crispen Makedenge, Innocent Chipangura, Patrick Romeo Moyo, Lawrence Njodzi, Marshal Dube, Jeremiah Murenje, Edmore Runganga and

 

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