NOW THE INTOLERANT, RUSHING-TO-JUDGE, TRIBALISTIC SHONA GUKURAHUNDIS HAVE TO EAT THEIR WORDS!!
Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:59 AM
Siwela trial: police recant testimony
by: Staff Reporter
THE treason trial of the former ZAPU leader Paul Siwela and two other men entered its second day at the Bulawayo High Court on Tuesday with two police witnesses contradicting their previous testimony.
Siwela, 49, Charles Thomas, 44, and John Gazi, 54, are on trial for their lives accused of soliciting the overthrow of President Robert Mugabe’s government through unconstitutional means.
The three men were arrested in April last year over claims they distributed flyers on behalf of the Mthwakazi Liberation Front pressure group agitating for “Egyptian-style” uprisings.
Constable Alex Chidakwa, who previously testified during the men’s bail application last year, was the first of two police officers to take the stand on Tuesday.
He narrated how on March 3 last year, he followed Thomas around Entumbane Shopping Mall as the latter allegedly handed out flyers around a flea market.
During a bail hearing in April last year, Chidakwa told the court that they recovered three fliers and a calendar when they arrested Thomas, but he had revised the recovered material upwards on Tuesday, stating that they had seized six fliers and five calendars.
Justice Nicholas Ndou, presiding, called for order a few times as members of the public in the gallery laughed during the defence grilling of Constable Chidakwa about the discrepancies in his evidence.
After Constable Chidakwa stood down, Constable Edmond Magama – who gave his evidence in Shona – took the stand.
Constable Magama told how Constable Chidakwa had picked up a flier written in Ndebele while out on foot patrol.
“He interpreted it and concluded that it was urging people to rise against the government. A team of four police officers from Entumbane Police Station then decided to look for the origins of the flyers and that is when we witnessed Thomas handing out the fliers to flea market stall owners at the Entumbane Shopping complex,” Constable Magama said.
Magama said after Thomas saw the uniformed police officers, he started running but they gave chase and caught up with him.
Magama said they had recovered six fliers and five MLF 2012 calendars and went to surrender the exhibits to their superiors.
Challenged by Advocate Lucas Nkomo for Thomas about the discrepancies in the evidence given in last year’s hearing and their latest testimony, both officers denied lying.
Magama will continue his evidence on Wednesday. Thomas, Gazi and Siwela on Monday pleaded not guilty to treason and the alternative charge of subverting a constitutional government.
Prosecutors Lovack Masuku and Samuel Pedzisai suffered a setback on Monday when two witnesses called to testify how they had received flyers from the trio insisted that they had never met any of the accused men.
Flea market stall owner Edwin Sibanda said he had picked a flyer on the ground and read it briefly but threw it away, while vendor Sibangani Ndlovu said a flyer had been thrown in his booth but he had paid little attention to the individual who dropped the circular.
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Published On: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:00 AM
You are like those whites who are proud of having invented things and yet they as individuals never invented a thing. Its pride through racial association only, even if they are just as useless a people, as they come!!
Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:45 PM
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