HARARE – Sten Zvorwadza, who lost to former ZBC radio personality Eric Knight in MDC primaries, has been further remanded to Wednesday for trial on charges of causing political violence.
He is jointly charged with five other MDC members for breaching the Electoral Act by allegedly causing violence after clashes prompted by the pasting of posters at Nenyere Flats on March 15, 2013 on the eve of referendum voting.
The State led by Tendai Shonhai refused the defence counsel, led Marufu Mandevere to produce BBC video footage that showed the perpetrators of political violence that occurred in Mbare.
The video footage shows Zvorwadza being attacked by Zanu PF supporters.
Zanu PF member Plaxedes Jaravaza, also known as Mbuya Nehanda, made the complaint to the police, claiming that it was in fact them who had been beaten by Zvorwadza and MDC youths.
She was supported by Edmore Mubaiwa and Gorden Chipanda, another Zanu PF supporter, who claimed that the MDC members were causing political violence in the constituency.
The Mbare Court was fully packed with MDC supporters following the trial.
Shonhai said that the MDC activists were facing serious charges of political violence and were likely to cause more chaos in the constituency.
Marufu said the objection by the State for the video to be produced in court was because the State did not want the court to see what really transpired on the day in question.
Marufu said the footage showed that Zanu PF members had attacked MDC supporters.
Zvorwadza was arrested when he went to Mbare Police Station to check on the progress on his matter that he had reported on the political violence that happened at Nenyere Flats.
He said instead of Zanu PF members being arrested, it was Zvorwadza and the five youths that have been charged.