10 Feb 2017 – ZVISHAVANE – A 28-year-old Zvishavane appeared before Zvishavane Magistrate Achie Wochiunga facing charges of wearing a pair of camouflage shorts, a crime which is punishable by jail in the country’s laws.
Brighton Manguwo was found guilty of violating the Defence Act which prohibits civilians from putting on clothing with military colours.
He was however lucky to avoid a seven-day jail term after the court gave him an option of paying a US$50 fine.
The pair of shorts was however forfeited to the State.
In his defense, Munguwo told the court that he had been out of the country for some time and was not aware of the rules pertaining to that kind of apparel.
“Your honour I was out of the country for over eight years. I didn’t know that it was a crime to wear such clothes since they are sold everywhere even on the streets,” he said.
It was the State case that on the January 23, 2017 the accused was wearing camouflage shorts at Eskro shopping center when he was seen by Zvishavane CID details who were doing their routine patrols.
They stopped and arrested him.
Monica Nugwena stood for the State.local