Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
This Flag Pastor Evan Mawarire and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions president Peter Gift Mutasa were yesterday removed from remand following the State’s failure to complete investigations and complete trial within a reasonable time.
The matter was presided over by provincial magistrate Victoria Mashamba who conceded the State’s application to have the two removed from remand and said that the delays by the State showed that they required ample time to complete investigations and as such, the State was ordered to proceed by way of summons.
“The State will proceed by way of summons as it seems they require more time to complete investigations and put their house in order despite their undertakings to complete investigations within four weeks from the duo’s arrest in January,” said Mashamba.
It is the State’s contention that on January 1, Mutasa, while working in connivance with Mawarire, recorded and published a video to the Zimbabwean populace, which went viral on all social media platforms.
It is the State’s further allegation that the contents of the video recorded were meant to subvert a constitutionally elected Government. Mutasa and Mawarire were coercing Zimbabwean workers to boycott work and encouraging civil disobedience or resistance to law.
The State further alleges the two men also coerced or attempted to coerce the constitutionally elected Government by declaring that the boycott or civil disobedience would only end if Government attended to their demands which were: to address economic challenges, pay workers in United States dollars and to remove the bond notes.
Meanwhile, Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe leader Obert Masaraure also appeared in the same court charged with the same count as Mawarire and his accomplice of trying to subvert a constitutionally elected government.
Represented by Alec Muchadehama, Masaraure applied for refusal of further remand arguing that on that on the last remand date which was August 8, the State was given ample time to put its house in order despite its undertaking on January 19 to finish investigations within three weeks.
“The court will suffer no prejudice if he is removed from remand as they have failed to justify the postponement as required by law, he is a professional and will come back to court as and when he is summoned to do so,” said Muchadehama.
The matter was remanded to today for ruling.