13 ZANU PF Supporters Arrested Over The Death Of A CCC Activist Removed From Remand

2023 Elections Crimes and Courts Politics

Thirteen ZANU PF supporters, arrested in connection with the death of CCC activist Tinashe Chitsunge in August 2023, were released from pre-trial detention on Tuesday, March 26.


These individuals were arrested before the August 2023 election on charges of public violence, which led to the unfortunate death of Chitsunge in Glen View, Harare.


NewsDay reported that the suspects are Cleopas Ndlovu (27), Ruzivo Mapuranga (39), Pauline Chikomo (37), Brian Mutanga (38), Berrington Mutanga (36), Emma Murana (40), Tawanda Muchatisi (29), Tapiwa Kaseke (32), Nyakabau Munashe (18), Tinashe Mabheki (35) Fadzai Madzinga (47), Forget Kanyuru (29) and Phenius Kamwendo (28).



Harare magistrate Simon Kandiyero presided over the case.


The accused, represented by lawyer Steven Chikotora, contended that the State had not presented any witnesses since the case began.

The defence asserted that the State could summon the accused individuals when ready for trial.


Magistrate Kandiyero granted release to the 13 individuals on March 22, following a successful argument by their lawyer against continued remand.


The case may resume if prosecutors choose to summon them for trial.


Allegations were that on August 3, 2023, the accused were playing soccer at Chimunhu Grounds in Glen View high-density suburb fully aware that CCC had booked the same venue for a rally.


The court heard that when police tried to disperse the accused persons, they threw stones at the law enforcement officers.


The situation got intense after CCC members arrived for the rally before the two groups started pelting each other with stones.


Chitsunge died in the commotion after allegedly being hit with stones.