HARARE – Ten members of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC in Mashonaland Central province are facing charges of malicious damage to property after tearing down Zanu PF posters, while a Bulawayo MDC official has been fined over the same charge.
The Mashonaland Central officials were granted bail of $30 each yesterday by Bindura magistrate Elisha Singano for defacing and removing Zanu PF posters and replacing them with MDC posters.
Councillors Hilton Mushonga (Ward 38,) Mike Choto (Ward 21,) Shingirai Gweshe (Ward 21,) Hilda Nyamukanda (Ward 32,) Glenda Njekese (Ward 23,) together the youth members Caroline Sambureni and Shingirai Masau were arrested on Thursday night in Mazowe West in the Concession area.
They have been jointly charged with MDC aspiring candidate for Bindura North Tobias Tapera, who also faces charges of political violence.
The MDC members are expected to appear in court on Thursday for trial.
They are all denying the charge.
Meanwhile, a Bulawayo provincial magistrate has fined a city resident $100 for tearing down Zanu PF posters.
Irvine Manyangadze, 35, of Barbourfields suburb pleaded not guilty of tearing down campaign posters belonging to aspiring candidate for Bulawayo Central, Mlungisi Moyo.
But Bulawayo magistrate Crispen Mberewere slapped him with a 3 months suspended jail sentence and fined him on the charges as defined in the Act.
Jeremiah Mutsindikwa told the court that on July 13 around 5pm, Takura Mbovora of Queenspark saw Manyangadze tearing down two campaigning posters pasted on a pole at corner Herbert Chitepo and Five Avenue.
Mbovora reported the case to the police, leading to his arrest.