Freelance journalist Edmund Kudzayi on Tuesday appeared in court facing charges of possessing a camouflage umbrella.
Kudzayi, who is the editor for Kukurigo News, pleaded not guilty to a charge of unlawful possession or wearing of camouflage uniforms, as defined under section 32 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act when he appeared before Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba.
Kudzayi who is represented by Obey Shava of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, was arrested on February 22 at a police check-point along Domboshava Road in Harare after he was allegedly found in possession of a camouflage umbrella with a pouch in his vehicle. When trial commenced Tuesday, Shava filed an application for exception to the charges, whereby Kudzayi denied committing the offence as alleged by the prosecution. Kudzayi returns to court on Wednesday 27 March for the continuation of his trial.