Hwende’s Application For Refusal Of Further Remand Dismissed

Kuwadzana East legislator, Charlton Hwende (MDC Alliance)’s application for refusal of further remand was dismissed yesterday by a HARARE magistrate. Hwende is accused of trying to subvert a constitutional government.

Through his lawyer Harrison Nkomo, Hwende had filed an application for refusal of further remand arguing that the State was failing to provide them with a trial date within a reasonable period.

Magistrate Barbara Mateko, however, dismissed his application arguing that Hwende had been on remand for less than three months. Mateko further said that Hwende must give the State time to compile the docket and finalise its case. The magistrate also postponed the matter to June 11.

Sebastian Mutizirwa, representing the state had opposed the application. He had argued that the docket was sent to the Prosecutor-General’s Office for perusal and authority.

The state claims that Hwende posted a tweet in December last year that was meant to incite people into revolting against a constitutional government. The tweet is alleged to have incited the violent mass protests of January.

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