Nkosilathi Moyo trial postponed

The trial of Zimbabwe Youth in Politics (ZOYP) Director, Nkosilathi Moyo which kicked off on the 2nd of May 2012 at the Kwekwe Magistrate Courts, is set to continue on the 16th of May 2012 where the prosecution's last witness is expected to testify.  Moyo is charged with contravening Section 24 of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) which stipulates that an organiser shall notify the regulatory authority of intention of holding a public gathering.

As part of their exhibition, the police presented Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition banners and footage seized from Dzikamai Mukapiko.

Moyo was arrested on the 16th of November 2011 together with two Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition employees, Maureen Gombakomba and Beloved Chiweshe for organising a Civil Society coordinating meeting. Moyo spent the night in police cells before he was taken to court the following day where he was remanded out of custody by Kwekwe magistrate Letwin Rwodzi on $100 bail to 13 December 2011. Gombakomba and Chiweshe were released after the police failed to charge them.

In Zimbabwe, citizens do not enjoy the freedom of expression due to repressive law. The right to free speech is a cornerstone for the protection of other human rights. Freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society, one of the basic conditions for its progress and for the development of humanity. This right applies not only to information or ideas that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive but also to those that offend or disturb the state or any sector of the population. Such are the demands of pluralism tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no democratic society.

In the recent years, the Zimbabwean government has withdrawn these rights gagging the nation in a bid to stop anyone criticising the current establishment.

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