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Two women in court for destroying Chamisa campaign posters

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By Court Reporter


TWO Harare women have been dragged to court on allegations of tearing down MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa’s campaign posters which were on a security wall in Ruwa.

Maggie Ngwenya, 48, and Shupikai Marisa, 32, were recently arraigned before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa on allegations of contravening the Electoral Act.

They were both freed on $50 bail each with the case remanded to a later date for their trial.

The two were tracked down and arrested after whistle blower Patience Karuma phoned an aspiring legislator for the Goromonzi South constituency telling him the vandalism.

Acting upon the information, would-be MP Thomas Muwodzeri notified the police who tracked the two down and arrested them.

The incident allegedly occurred on June 18 and around 11am when Karuma was at her place of residence in Ruwa.

She saw the suspects disembark from a vehicle with South African registration numbers and proceed to a precast wall at Rugare polyclinic where they started damaging Chamisa’s campaign posters.

Karuma then phoned Muwodzeri who informed the police.

Court heard when MDC Alliance supporters and the police arrived at the scene, the perpetrators had already left.

They were however, tracked and arrested in Ruwa on the same day.

A total of 58 posters were damaged. Linda Gadzikwa appeared for the state.