Zanu PF Bulawayo youth chairperson, Magura Charumbira who is reportedly aligned to party faction linked to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been acquitted of charges of impersonation.
Charumbira pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate, Batanai Tuwe facing allegations of invading Save The Nation Building to evict its occupants, while posing as a police officer. Last week Tuwe found Charumbira not guilty of the charge and acquitted him.
In his ruling, the magistrate said the State had failed to prove that Charumbira masqueraded as a police officer and said that the witnesses could not clearly prove that Charumbira had committed the offence. During his defence, Charumbira accused the complainants of having been sent by a Zanu PF faction said to be opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding President Robert Mugabe, of trying to tarnish his image as he had refused to leave his post as Bulawayo youth chairperson.