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Pro-democracy Campaigners Kwekweza And Zimudzi Acquitted

16 September 2021

Harare magistrate Vongai Muchuchutu-Guwuriro on Thursday acquitted pro-democracy campaigners Namatai Kwekweza and Vongai Zimudzi of charges of promoting public violence.

The duo was being represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) Rudo Bere and Tinashe Chinox.

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Kwekweza and Zimudzi had been on trial after they were arrested by police in June 2020 for allegedly gathering at the New Government Complex, where they intended to hand a petition to Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi.

The duo was protesting against the holding of public hearings into proposed amendments to the Constitution.

Magistrate Muchuchutu-Guwuriro ruled that the State failed to prove a prima facie case against the two and also that the placards which they allegedly held during the protest were not produced in court to show that a crime was committed.

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