Anti-Mphoko Protestor In Court, Charged For Threat To Burn Hotel

Anti-Mphoko Protestor In Court, Charged For Threat To Burn Hotel
Published: 2016 June 28 06:42:58 (2559 Views)
National Vendors Union chairman Stendrick Zvorwadza who was arrested for protesting against Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko's stay at a hotel was yesterday hurled before the courts for threatening to burn down Rainbow Towers Hotel.

Zvorwadza (47) appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Vakayi Chikwekwe facing threats to commit malicious damage to property.

He was remanded to July 13 for trial.

Through his lawyer Marufu Mandevere, Zvorwadza complained against the police.

He said: “Accused was not properly advised of charges he was facing upon his arrest. He was only advised in the afternoon after being arrested in the morning.

“He was not allowed to have blankets in the cells and spent the whole night with only one blanket, which he used as a mat.

The prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa did not oppose bail and Zvorwadza was remanded on $200 bail.

As part of his bail conditions, he was ordered not to visit Rainbow Towers Hotel.

It is alleged that on Sunday, Zvorwadza entered Rainbow Towers Hotel in the company of eight people, three of them carrying video cameras and believed to be journalists.

Zvorwadza started shouting at the top of his voice that VP Mphoko had to immediately check out of the hotel because he was using taxpayers’ money.

The court heard that Zvorwadza also said VP Mphoko was refusing to stay in a house that Government bought him for $3 million.

Zvorwadza allegedly gave the hotel up to July 1 to ensure that VP Mphoko vacates the hotel.

He said that failure to do so he would allegedly mobilise his members in their thousands to demonstrate and declare the hotel closed.

He said they would do anything to tarnish the image of the hotel and burn it down, the court heard.

- Herald
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