Godfrey Kurauone Trial In False Start

The trial of MDC Alliance national organising secretary Godfrey Kurauone failed to kick off at the scheduled time at the Masvingo Magistrates Court this Tuesday, 1 September 2020.

Kurauone, who has been in detention for 33 days, was set to appear before a magistrate today at 09:00hrs but the trial failed to kick off after the State claimed that they had not yet received the docket.

The case was, therefore, postponed by a few hours to 11:15hrs.

However, at 11:15hrs, the State – yet again – claimed they were not yet ready with the docket so the case was moved forward by a few more hours to 14:00hrs.

Kurauone was arrested on 31 July, the day that was scheduled for the national anti-corruption demonstrations.

He was accused of endangering public safety by burning tyres, and of obstructing the free movement of traffic by blocking the Mashava – Zvamahande Road.

When Kurauone was arrested, he was out on bail on charges of undermining the authority of the President and criminal nuisance.

He was detained on the evening of July 31 when he reported to the Law and Order Section of Masvingo Central Police Station.

He had reported to the police station as part of his bail conditions. He was in the company of his lawyer Martin Mureri.

Kurauone appeared in the same court on August 25 in connection with the case of undermining the President and criminal nuisance.

The case was postponed to September 24 after the State argued that it did not have authority to prosecute Kurauone.

More: TellZim News

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