Fresh Charge Added To Many Charges Levelled Against MDC Alliance Trio

The MDC Alliance trio, Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova have been charged with yet another charge.

The state now accuses the three of lying that they had been abducted prejudicial to the State per section 31 of the Code.

They were already accused of violating COVID-19 regulations after they participated in a flash hunger protest on 13 May this year in Warren Park.

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Below is Chimbiri’s warned and cautioned statement.

I, Cecilia Revai Chimbiri, NR 63-1313016-Z-45 aged 31 years residing at 6 Marina Court corner 6th Street and Baines Avenues, Harare, having been informed by DAI Mugabiri of CID Law and Order, Harare that enquiries are being made in connection with a case of COMMUNICATING OR PUBLISHING FALSE STATEMENTS PREJUDICIAL TO THE STATE AS DEFINED IN SECTION 31(a)(0(iii) OF THE CRIMINAL LAW (CODIFICATION AND REFORM), ACT CHAPTER 9:23 which occurred on 13 May 2020 in Harare, Zimbabwe where it is alleged that I whilst acting in common purpose with Joana Mamombe and Netsai Marova, I communicated to my legal practitioners, friends and relatives that I had been abducted, unlawfully detained or kidnapped by unknown accused persons who claimed to be police officers knowing that the allegation was false, intending by the said communication to incite or promote public disorder or public violence or endangering public safety or undermine public confidence in a law enforcement age, realising that there was a real risk or possibility that it was false” make this statement of my own free will. While I have been informed that I am not obliged to say anything in answer to these allegations, my failure at this stage to mention any facts relevant to my defence to them may result in a court drawing inferences against me. Whatever in writing and may be given in court as evidence.

You are also advised that you are entitled to the following rights:-

• To appear before a court within 48 hours unless further detention has been authorized by a competent court.

• Not to be forced to make a confession.

• The reason for detention.

• To approach the High Court for an order of Habeas Corpus i.e an order requiring you to be released, or to be brought before the court for the lawfulness of the detention to be justified.

•To be considered innocent until proven guilty.

• romptly of the charge in suffident detail to enable To be informed p you to answer it.

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