Kudzayi Pleads Not Guilty as “Umbrella Possession” Trial Commences

FREELANCE journalist Edmund Kudzayi on Tuesday 26 March 2019 pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing an army uniform as his trial commenced in Harare.

Kudzayi, the Editor of Kukurigo News, an online newspaper, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful possession or wearing of camouflage uniforms as defined in section 32 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, when he appeared before Harare Magistrate Victoria Mashamba.

The freelance journalist, who is represented by Obey Shava of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, was arrested on Friday 22 February 2019 at a police check-point along Domboshava road in Harare after he was allegedly found in possession of a camouflage umbrella with a pouch in his vehicle.

When trial commenced, Shava filed an application for exception to the charges, wherein the freelance journalist denied committing the offence as alleged by State Prosecutor Idah Marimo.

Kudzayi returns to court on Wednesday 27 March 2019 for continuation of his trial.

Source: Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

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