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MRP leader case postponed again

by Stephen Jakes
19 Oct 2017 at 07:30hrs | Views
Mthwakazi Republic Party President Mqondisi Moyo's case has been postponed by Lupane court to another date amid indications he filed an application for discharge.

Party spokesperson Mbonisi Gumbo said the application was yet to be heard.

"The much awaited MRP President Moyo's Lupane court trial has been postponed to 25 October 2017 to appear before Tredgold court number 2 in Bulawayo.

"The defense counsel Maqhawe Mpofu of Abammeli Human Rights Lawyers Network had asked Magistrate Elias Magate for permission to make an application in terms of section 178 of the Criminal procedure and evidence act which provides for quashing of an indictment before plea," he said.

"The trial failed to kick start today because the state witnesses didn't turn up forcing the Magistrate to postpone as they were in agreement with the defense counsel that for the purposes of time management since all parties are from Bulawayo the application can be made there on the 25th of October."

Gumbo said the state is accusing Moyo of being the convener of the said illegal meeting that was held on the 14th of December 2016 at Gumede village, the state further alleges that this was a political meeting yet the gathering was arranged by villagers effectively to celebrate the dismissal of the case in which four villagers had been arrested for allegedly dismissing Millicent Bonyongwe from Mlamuli Secondary school.

"The defense council will on the 25th of October 2017 make an application for discharge, failure of which the defense may be forced for matter to be referred to the Constitutional Court. As MRP we are fully convinced that this is a political motivated case meant to derail our election campaign. We are aware of the regime's political gimmicks," he said.

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