Friday, 29 July 2016


The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association spokesperson Douglas Mahiya has appeared in court facing charges of undermining the authority of the President.

He has been remanded in custody and hearing continues tomorrow (Saturday).

However, before the State could verbally lay the charges against Mahiya, the defence led by Mr Harrison Nkomo challenged the proceedings saying they were illegal.

He said the prosecution was supposed to bring a certificate to prosecute in terms of Section 34 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act.

He said under this section, a certificate of prosecution must be granted by the Prosecutor General before any proceedings could take place, arguing the court must immediately release Mahiya.

The State represented by Mr Tapiwa Kusena and Mrs Sharon Fero had argued that they were in court for a remand, hence it was not necessary to bring the certificate from the Prosecutor General.

It is alleged that Mahiya in connivance with other executives in their organisation, authored a document which they labelled a war veterans communiqué on the state of Zimbabwe's economy, the Zanu PF party leadership and the way forward for the people of Zimbabwe.

Further allegations are the document contains information that causes hatred and ridicules the President.

The court room was packed with war vets who came in to support Mahiya.


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