Zimrights Director Appears in Court

ZimRights director Okay Machisa

By Violet Gonda
15 January 2013

ZimRights director Okay Machisa appeared in court on Tuesday, facing charges of conspiracy to commit fraud.

State prosecutor Michael Reza asked the court to remand the human rights boss in custody, saying he needed more time to change his case file and lay out formal charges against Machisa as an individual.

But reports say the ZimRights’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, urged the court to release her client saying there was no evidence or reason of suspicion against Machisa as an individual.

The court hearing was still underway at the time of broadcast.
Machisa was arrested on Monday on allegations of involvement in ‘illegal voter registration. He is accused of publishing false statements with the intention of inciting public disorder and violence.

Four other people, including Machisa’s deputy Leo Chamahwinya, are in police custody facing similar charges. The four, who were arrested last month, were denied bail by a High Court judge on the grounds that their crime is so serious that they may run away if released.

The state has alleged that the group forged voter registration certificates “to tarnish the name of the Registrar General.”

Meanwhile, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said in a statement that the move by the police is the, “latest attack on non-governmental organizations by the coalition government, which in recent months has been harassing human rights defenders and NGOs ahead of a constitutional referendum and planned general elections.”



7 Responsesto “Zimrights Director Appears in Court”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    One hopes that now Violet Gonda has been to one of the world renowned universities – Havard School of Journalism to be precise, she will use her power of critical thinking and analysis in her work. There should be a world of difference with the rest of other journalists at SW Radio Africa, the majority of which still have the level of journalism they acquired at the Harare Politechnic in Zimbabwe many years ago. Time will tell.

    • zim reporter says:

      Havard this, Harare that, sorry you’re off topic. or you have issues with Violet and the rest of jounos from wherever you think high or low, shame

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        No I am not but spot on mate. I am not off topic because I am talking of a beautiful lady who has been at one of the renowned universities of the world I am seeing above right now. I like Violet and she is my only hope that she will strive to use her newly acquired skills to educate and inform those who have been misinformed by the likes of Tererai Karimakwenda, Alex Bell and others. Education is power mate.

  2. super mondo says:

    she loves exposing zanu bafoons,showing the world the ignorance that has been killing zimbabwe for 32 years.sil..bon.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Did you mean ZANU buffoons? I am sure we can now call you ‘bafoons’ from now on although the word or name is meaningless. I have advised you to write in Charaparapa a long time ago but you are adamant. You should know your abilities by now and should not appear sophisticated when you are just a simple, super mondo or is it ‘bafoon’ your newly found and anointed name from now on.

  3. infairness says:

    Its to be hoped that this crinminal learns its not Okay to break the law

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