A member of the opposition MDC led by advocate Nelson Chamisa, Japa Japa has been sentenced to two years in jail after he was found guilty of contravening Section 66A of the Electoral Act Chapter 2:13 (unofficial or false declaration of results).
Paddington Japajapa appeared before Harare magistrate, Mrs Learnmore Mapiye, and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. The magistrate however suspended one year on condition of good behaviour. The suspension was granted after considering that Japajapa had no prior offence related to the case.
The State claims that on July 31, 2018, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) was announcing election results when Japajapa held a Press conference and threatened to call for chaos, claiming the elections had been rigged.
The press conference was followed by the August 1 event, which involved violent demonstrations by MDC supporters. In response, the army shot and killed some of them.
The MDC is still adamant that the ZEC connived with the ruling ZANU PF to manipulate the election results in favour of ZANU PF presidential candidate, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa was declared the winner in the election that was unsuccessfully challenged by the opposition MDC at the courts.
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Paddington Japajapa is a Zimbabwean Evangelist, board chairman of the Dancers Association of Zimbabwe and political activist allegedly aligned to the MDC Alliance party. Japapa was invited by The Motlanthe Commission to give testimony over the post-election violence that resulted in 6 people dying. Read More About Paddington Japajapa