Zanu PF youth leader jailed 7 years for burning Zupco bus during fuel protests

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Zanu PF hooligans who participated in the violence that resulted in the burning of a ZUPCO bus, a vehicle and looting of groceries have been jailed.

This is one of the first groups to be sentenced at the Harare Magistrates Court on charges of public violence that rocked the nation starting on the 14th of January.

The ring leader, Zanu PF youth league executive member for ward 40 in Whitecliff, Emmanuel Chari who orchestrated the violence that occurred along the Bulawayo highway has been sentenced to 7 years, but will serve an effective 6-year jail term.

The other five convicted persons have been sentenced to five years but one year was suspended on condition they will not commit similar offences in the next five years.

In passing his sentence, Harare Regional Magistrate Mr Elijah Makomo said public violence is a serious offence and only a custodial sentence will send a message to would be offenders.

Two others who were jointly charged with the six who have been sentenced were acquitted for lack of incriminating evidence.

The ring leader Chari ordered the driver of the ZUPCO bus together with the passengers to disembark before diving onto the steering wheel and drove the bus for about 40 metres.

While he was driving the bus, the accomplices were cheering him.

The group then burnt the bus.

They proceeded to burn a vehicle which was parked at a service station belonging to former Minister Webster Shamu and looted groceries.

Meanwhile, the trial for the 61 accused persons who allegedly participated in the violence that occurred in Epworth continued with the officer in charge testifying.

There are 18 witnesses who have been lined up to testify in this matter and the officer in charge is the first witness.

ZCTU President appears in court

In another matter the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union, President Peter Mutasa appeared in court on charges of subverting a constitutional government.

Mutasa in connivance with Evan Mawarire and Japhet Moyo, the Secretary General of ZCTU, allegedly recorded a video in which they incited people to commit public violence.

Mutasa has been on the run and was only apprehended over the weekend while Moyo appeared in court last week and was back again at Rotten Raw in a similar case in which he is jointly charged with Mutasa.

In another case, two out of four witnesses who are testifying in the case of the 10 people who were arrested for public violence in Mabvuku have testified.

— ZBC


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