Zimbabwe: False start to anti-Mugabe Pastor’s victoria falls trial

Zimbabwe: False start to anti-Mugabe Pastor’s victoria falls trial


ZIMBABWE – The Victoria Falls trial of Kariba based clergy, Pastor Patrick Mugadza failed to take off Tuesday after police witnesses to the offence failed turn up for the trial.

The Remnant Church pastor told NewZimbabwe.com Tuesday his trial has been moved to the beginning of next month.

“They said I must be coming in on the 1st of February because witnesses did not show up,” said Mugadza.

“They spoke of six witnesses and all of them did not show up.”

The defiant clergy was arrested in Victoria Falls December 11 after he staged a one man demonstration against President Robert Mugabe, whose failing leadership he blames for the current suffering of his people.

The Zimbabwean leader was in the resort town for a Zanu PF annual people’s conference which was being held there.

Mugadza was charged with criminal nuisance for allegedly contravening Section 46 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

The firebrand church leader is adamant he was merely exercising his right to free expression as enshrined in the country’s constitution.

In a subsequent interview soon after his release last Thursday, Pastor Mugadza said he had no regrets about his protest against the Zimbabwean leader he claims was sinning against God.

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