Two prominent MDC activists have been arrested in Gutu for allegedly wearing red masks inscribed MDC Chamisa Chete Chete.
Nelson Chamisa is the president of the MDC Alliance, the country’s largest opposition political party.
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Charles Zvenyika who is the information secretary for Gutu North and Edward Chagonda who holds the same position in a branch in Gutu Central were arrested at Mpandawana Growth Point on 13 April 2021.
The two are expected to appear at the Gutu Magistrates Court this Friday after they spent almost a week in custody.
Zvenyika and Chagonda are being charged with the crime of criminal nuisance and are being represented by Knowledge Mabvuure of Chihambakwe Legal Practitioners.
According to Masvingo Mirror, State witnesses Constable Munyaradzi Mashamba and Rufaro Kufakunesu said they arrested the two at the main bus rank at Mpandawana for touting for Mukumba Bus.
The prosecutors charged that Chagonda has an additional offence of not properly wearing a face mask and Zvenyika of loading passengers into his personal vehicle.
However, the accused in their defence outline said that they neither worked for Mukumba Bus nor did Zvenyika own a car.
They said, instead they are well known MDC activists and they were on the day wearing red masks inscribed Chamisa Chete Chete.
The duo was allegedly advised by the arresting cops that Police in Gutu did not recognize opposition party masks.
They were taken to the Police Station for payment of a fine but they were shocked to see the charge being changed to touting.
They were locked in the cells until Mabvuure applied for their bail.