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Jim Kunaka was among key organisers of violence

by Staff reporter
24 Jan 2019 at 23:59hrs | Views
MDC-Alliance activist Jim Kunaka was among key organisers of violence which rocked Harare and other cities last week which left a trail of destruction, a Harare magistrate has heard.

Kunaka allegedly used his Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp accounts to incite violence between January 14 and 16. Kunaka appeared before magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo facing charges of subverting a constitutionally elected Government or alternatively inciting public violence.

He unsuccessfully challenged his placement on remand and was remanded in custody to January 31. In his application, Kunaka argued that there was no reasonable suspicion warranting his placement on remand.

Prosecutor Mr Shepherd Makonde opposed the application. He said facts presented to the court disclosed that Kunaka broke the law. Mr Mapfumo concurred with the State and advised Kunaka to seek bail at the High Court.

Kunaka has a pending case of a similar nature before the same court after he took part in the August 1, 2018 demonstrations, which resulted in the death of six people and destruction of property. He allegedly incited citizens to join hands with trade unions and pressure groups to shut down Zimbabwe.

Kunaka allegedly joined the violent protesters, urging them to overthrow Government. The prosecution alleged that Kunaka's actions led to people dying, injured and property torched.

Source - the herald