COURT: Duo charged for destroying Mnangagwa campaign posters

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By Court Reporter

HARARE: Two Epworth men are in trouble after they allegedly tore down President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s campaign posters and replaced them with those of an independent candidate.

Peter Bizare, 29, and Tatenda Kamutungunde, 25, appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa last Wednesday charged with contravening section 152 of the Electoral Act.

They are also facing assault charges after they supposedly beat up the owner of a tuckshop where they perpetrated the campaign posters stunt.

The two were each released on $20 bail with the case remanded to this week for trial.

According to the state, allegations against the two arose on June 30 at around 1500 hrs when the accused went to the unnamed complainant’s tuckshop.

It is alleged that they were carrying posters of one Zalera Makari, an independent parliamentary candidate for the area.

Court heard the two then tore down Mnangagwa’s posters which were on the walls of the tuckshop and went on to put up Makari’s posters without the authority of the shop’s owner.

On the same day at around 9 pm, the two again went to the complainant’s place of residence accompanied by other suspects who are on the run.

It is alleged they confronted and threatened to kill him if he ever removed the posters.

Court heard they also shouted at him and assaulted him before vanishing into the night.

According to prosecutors, the accused were seen committing the offence and there are a number of witnesses to testify against them

Linda Gadzikwa appeared for the State.