Temba Mliswa trial kicks off. Temba Mliswa pleaded not guilty before Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Miti. In his defence, Mliswa told the court that the gathering in question was not in any way unlawful as all the persons gathered there were essential service providers, as journalists and him, a member of parliament and all of them were gathered for purposes of carrying out their mandate of information gathering and dissemination in the public interest.
The trial of Norton Legislator Temba Mliswa who is accused of violating Covid-19 regulations by holding a press conference at his Harare home kicked off yesterday.
He told the court that such a gathering is permitted by law and is an exception to the general rule banning public gatherings. He added that in any event, the gathering was not held in a public place as contemplated by the charge but was held in a private residence,
being Mliswa’s place of residence in Borrowdale and the law clearly criminalizes gatherings in public and not private places. He further told the court that he was not the convener of the gathering but was just another participant in the gathering with all the other persons who were in attendance and that he is being persecuted, harassed and intimidated by his political foes.
The State opened its case by leading evidence from Chief Superintendent Tigere who is the officer commanding Harare District. Tigere told the court that he received information that Mliswa was convening an illegal gathering and he drove there as he was in the area accompanied by three other officers.
“When I got to the scene I found Mliswa addressing 25 journalists who had formed a horseshoe around him and I indicated to him that he had to stop then he requested five more minutes to entertain questions from journalists and I advised him that it was not possible leading to his arrest,” he said. Tapiwanashe Zvidzai appeared for the State.
Source – H-Metro
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