Peter Chigaba, the provincial administrator for the opposition MDC has been found not guilty of inciting violence and communicating falsehood charges.
The State accused Chigaba of inciting violence when he, on the 20th of August, distributed fliers in Masvingo inviting residents to participate in the MDC demonstration which was however banned by the police.
The fliers reportedly read, “Free Zimbabwe” adding that July 2018 elections were rigged.
In his ruling, Masvingo Magistrate, Godswill Mavenge, said that the State failed to prove its case against Chigaba and the State witnesses gave, conflicting unreliable and unreasonable statements which failed to provide incriminating evidence.
Mavenge added that the State was basing its argument on the assumption that the July 2018 elections on the flier were the harmonised elections which President Mnangagwa and ZANU PF won.
He added that the fliers stated clearly that the demonstration was going to be a peaceful one hence arguing that Chigaba incited violence was farfetched.
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