MDC Alliance Member of Parliament for Mbizo Constituency Kwekwe, Settlement Chikwinya, together with Redcliff legislator Lloyd Mukapiko were remanded in custody to the 24th of January 2019 following their arrest on charges of allegedly subverting a constitutional government and inciting public violence.
Chikwinya and Mukapiko who were arrested on Friday, through their lawyers Takashinga Pamacheche and Wellington Davira of Gundu, Dube, Pamacheche Legal Practitioners had made an application before magistrate Vimbai Mtukwa for refusal of placement on remand which was thrown out on Saturday.
Magistrate Vimbai Mtukwa in passing the decision to throw out the case cited that the matter was of interest as it came hard at the heels of a national crisis marred by unrest.
In her submission Pamacheche called on the court not to further remand the duo as it was in direct violation of their constitutional rights.
“My clients were not advised of the charges levelled against them which is a clear violation of their constitutional right. Both accused persons were warned and cautioned this morning, the result therefore is that from the time of the alleged arrest the accused were illegally detained in violation of the constitution,” she said.
She further added that there was no arresting officer and the charge sheet was defective.
According to state papers the duo allegedly addressed a public meeting at Red Lion Bar, Kwekwe on 13 January 2019 inciting the general public to embark in public violence code named “National Shutdown.”
It is said Chikwinya further went on to thank those who heeded the call on a facebook post made on the 14th of January 2019.