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MDC Alliance Cllr arrested for organizing football tourney

Bernard Chimwango

Clayton Shereni

GUTU –
MDC Alliance Councillor for Ward 33, Bernard Chimwango was recently arrested
for allegedly organizing a football tournament sometime in March, contravening
the set Covid-19 regulations which prohibit high-risk sporting activities.

Chimwango
was arrested together with MDC Alliance provincial youth chairperson Achievement
Chimbwari as well as party member Langton Guvava.

The
trio are accused of coordinating a football tourney at Mupata Business Centre
on March 26, 2021.

It
is alleged that the MDC Alliance youth structures in Gutu Central organized the
tournament which comprised four teams from the constituency.

Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) lawyer, Advocate Martin Mureri confirmed the development
and said his clients were yet to appear in court.

“They
are charging them for allegedly violating Covid-19 regulations. It is alleged
that they organized a football tournament. The last time I went there (Gutu)
they just recorded warned and cautioned statements. So far there is no date for
their court appearance,” said Mureri.

The
case was recorded at Gutu Police Station at the Criminal Investigation
Department (CID) under CR 34/04/21.

Meanwhile,
two other people linked to MDC Alliance are in custody for violating Covid-19
regulation on March 13.

Charles
Zvenyika and Edward Chagonda appeared at Gutu Magistrates Court on Wednesday,
April 16, and were remanded in custody to April 23 for trial.

On
Monday, April 12, MDC Alliance Cllr for Chiredzi Rural Ward 18, Gilbert
Mutubuki was arrested for allegedly addressing a public gathering meant to
incite public violence Mhandamabwe Business Centre in Chivi district.

He
appeared in the Masvingo Magistrates Court the following day where he was given
remanded out of custody 06 May on $5000 bail.

 

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