Zimbabwe 6 guilty of inciting violence

2012-03-19 18:01

Harare - Six Zimbabwean activists arrested a year ago at a public debate on the Egyptian uprising were found guilty by a court in Harare Monday of inciting public violence.

"The accused are found guilty as charged," magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini said.

Hearings on sentencing are due to begin on Tuesday, and the six risk up to 10 years in jail.

They were among 45 activists arrested in February 2011 while watching a video of the protests which forced Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to step down.

The meeting was meant to discuss lessons to be drawn from the Arab Spring, but the people participating were accused of scheming to overthrow long-ruling President Robert Mugabe.

The six convicted on Monday include Munyaradzi Gwisai, a university lecturer and former member of parliament from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party.

They had initially been charged with treason, but during the course of the court process, the charges were reduced. The other 39 people have already been cleared.

Gwisai told the court during his trial that the charges were "meaningless", "outright silly" and "a case of political harassment by the state".

  • Gobo - 2012-03-19 18:31

    Lol, way to go! The West should be very proud of itself for destroying Rhodesia and then string on its hands as Mugabe carried out a systematic ethnic cleansing of Whites. Imagine if a nation in Africa--or even in Europe--began ethnically cleaning Blacks? Anyway, things just keep getting better in zip, once the breadbasket of Africa, and now a nation WE FEED OUT OF OUR TAX DOLLARS while Mugabe laughs and lives like a king.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-19 18:43

      Please don't call it Rhodesia as Mr. Cecil John Rhodes is as guilty as Mugabe when it comes to Genocide inflicted on the Indigenous people of this country... Oh yea .. Cecil did this at the request of the Queen of England.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-19 19:05

      Check this out Kevin,

      Kevin - 2012-03-20 07:38

      Bluzulu, I dont have to I have read the history extensively, researched it from contemporary writings, actually spoke to people alive at that time including my Great Grandfather and 3 of my Grandparents. My sources were wide and varied including the son of the Induna left behind to defend Bulawayo when Lobengula fled north. In 1888 when the Chartered Company was set up and the Rudd Concession negotiated Britian was a quasi-democracy, not everyone had the vote, but it was run by parliament and the monarch was a figurehead much like today. You need to read more extensively. Not every thing on the internet is true. Remember that is where Mbeki got his crazy ideas about aids and allowed so many South Africans to die.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-20 13:53

      I will stick to Wikipedia , thanks. I do not know your sources, i.e Your family members and some Induna, Thanks for the offer though. Just a case in point , England at this time was run by the monarchy and the parliament and the prime minister first got the Queen's approval before entertaining discussion in parliament. Sounds like a fake democracy to me... I suggest you read more extensively .

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-19 20:03

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  • Tony - 2012-03-20 04:20

    At least the people of Zim are free of the oppresive white rule, they clearly like the current form of government because they keep voting him back.And we know the elections are free and fair because SA has sent over monitors to ensure this. So i can only assume that the Zimbos are finally happy with their freedom. Enjoy it! because i am.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-20 06:50

      There is no country in the world, where MILLIIONS have crossed a border, NOT to better their lives, but to stay ALIVE. There is no country in the world where tens of thousands of mothers, had to leave their own kids in the care of relatives, and than crawl under barbed wire into another country, to be able to earns some money, so they and their loved ones can stay ALIVE STOP INSULTING ZIMBABWEANS You really believe elections in Zimbabwe have been fair ??? You are not serious !!! On a recent visit to Harare, when some locals were talking to me how bad things had got, they were wispering !!!! That is TYRANNY !!!!!

      Kevin - 2012-03-20 07:44

      Drazil,"Stupid is as stupid does". Have you been there do you know anyone who lives there, have you spoken honestly to anyone who lives there? If you did or had you wouldn't spout such pathetic drivel. It is tantamount to saying that blacks enjoyed apartheid.

      Pulverturm - 2012-03-20 09:01

      Obviously you guys aren't picking up Drazil's sarcasm, I sure did!

      Tony - 2012-03-20 12:32

      SARCASM - well caught Pulverturm.

      Kagiso - 2012-03-20 18:15

      so basically to you ''free and fair'' means refusal to face the shame of losing an election, and then retaliating by announcing ''run-off'' meanwhile harass, kidnap, torture and murder your people to frighten them into voting for you, whilst stuffing ballot boxes with marked voting slips. must be crazy to say that it was free and fair

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