An MDC councillor in Marondera, Charles Ngwena, and a municipal police officer, Paul Chikuni, were hauled before the Marondera Magistrates’ Court facing charges of obstructing the course of justice.
Ngwenya allegedly called for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s arrest for organising last Friday’s anti-sanctions march while blocking police officers from carrying their lawful duties. Part of the court papers read:
On their way, they met accused one (Ngwena) and two (Chikuni) who were in their vehicle, a Toyota Prado, green in colour, parked near the Marondera Municipality offices.
Accused one then shouted to the police officers saying, Mapurisa munopenga munosunga vanhu vanotambura, endai munosunga Emmerson ari busy kuita anti-sanction (You police are crazy, you are arresting poor people, go and arrest Emmerson who is organising anti-sanctions marches).
On October 23 this year, Ngwena (38) and Chikuni (34) forced the three police officers to release a hawker, Patrick Chabvata, who had been arrested for illegal vending.
The two are represented by Tinashe Chinopfukutwa, a member of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). They were released on $100 bail and will be back in court on November 11, 2019.