MDC youth leader Chidziva acquitted
MDC Youth Assembly leader Happymore Chidziva has been acquitted in a case in which he stood accused of causing violence in the period leading to the July 2018 elections.
Chidziva had been charged with inciting violence after he allegedly threatened President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) with unspecified action at an MDC Alliance rally at Mkoba Stadium sometime before last year’s elections.
Chidziva, who is also the MDC MP for Highfields West constituency, was cleared by Gweru magistrate Charity Maphosa who ruled that the State failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.
Allegations against Chidziva were that on July 22 last year, at a rally in Mkoba, Gweru, he warned then Zanu PF presidential candidate, Mnangagwa and Zec of dire consequences if election results did not favour MDC Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa.
Chamisa eventually lost the polls to Mnangagwa as well as an appeal at the Constitutional Court.
Meanwhile, Maphosa remanded to February 27 and March 5, respectively, two cases in which Chiwundura MP Livingstone Chimina (MDC Alliance) is facing two separate charges of inciting violence in the January protests over fuel price increases and the country’s deteriorating economic situation.
Chimina was remanded in custody.