Gutu man acquitted of tearing Mugabe’s poster


MASVINGO – A Gutu man who was arrested for allegedly tearing President Robert Mugabe’s campaign poster has been acquitted by a Masvingo magistrate.

Masvingo magistrate Langton Ndokera on Monday freed Innocent Bveketi, 33, of Hwiru in Gutu after the court failed to produce evidence that he tore the president’s poster.

Bvukete fell into trouble after Zanu PF supporters reported him to police after he was allegedly seen tearing the poster during the run up to the July 31 harmonised polls.

He was arrested on August 30 for a crime he had allegedly committed on July 24 at Hwiru Shopping Centre.
Bvukute, who was represented by Martin Mureri of Matutu, Kwirira and Associates, was facing charges of violating a section of the Electoral Act.

In passing his judgment, Magistrate Ndokera said the State failed to prove that Bvukete committed the offence.

“The State failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence and is guilty,” he said.

The magistrate said there were conflicting statements from the two State witnesses Nyadzisai Chisvo and Phelia Chakabuda, who are believed to be Zanu PF supporters.

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