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High Court Overturns Conviction Of "Vaccine-seeking" Goromonzi Residents

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High Court judges Justice Happias Zhou and Justice Benjamin Chikowero have overturned the conviction of three Goromonzi residents who were convicted of disorderly conduct by a Goromonzi Magistrate and fined ZWL$5 000 each.

The three men were arrested on 8 July 2021 after they allegedly protested over stockouts of coronavirus vaccines at Chinyika Clinic.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said in an HRDs Alert:

HIGH COURT OVERTURNS CONVICTION OF “COVID-19 VACCINE SEEKING” GOROMONZI RESIDENTS

THE High Court has overturned the conviction of three Goromonzi residents who were fined ZWL5 000 each last year for disorderly conduct when they allegedly protested over stockouts of coronavirus vaccines at Chinyika Clinic.

The three Goromonzi residents namely Kudakwashe Parankinyu aged 23, Tanaka Zidoro aged 18 and Tadiwanashe Gwena aged 21, were convicted on 12 November 2021 by a Goromonzi Magistrate after they stood trial on charges of disorderly conduct as defined in Section 4(a) and (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

Parankinyu, Zidoro and Gwena had been arrested on 9 July 2021 as they sought to be vaccinated against coronavirus at Chinyika Clinic in Goromonzi by Zimbabwe Republic Police officers, who accused them of acting in a manner likely to provoke a breach of peace.

The arrest came after the trio allegedly behaved in an insulting, threatening and disorderly manner by asking why there were no coronavirus vaccines in stock at Chinyika Clinic at a time when residents needed to be vaccinated.

During their trial, prosecutors claimed that Parankinyu, Zidoro and Gwena’s conduct terrified medical practitioners at Chinyika Clinic and brought business to a standstill.

But on Monday 16 May 2022, High Court Judges Justice Happias Zhou and Justice Benjamin Chikowero set aside their conviction and sentence and found the trio not guilty and acquitted them.

This came after their lawyer Tapiwa Muchineripi of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights appealed against both conviction and sentence on the basis that their conviction was bad in law as prosecutors did not lead any credible evidence to justify their conviction.

Muchineripi also argued that the Magistrate came up with a decision exclusively based on the testimony of State witnesses to the total exclusion of evidence adduced by the trio even during their defence case.

ENDS

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4 Comments

Asalif 1 month ago

but truly speaking they did nothing wrong because the pressure came from government , companies some lost their jobs because of mandatory vaccination , the is point were you go to the clinic daily to be told the is no vaccine but at work you will be given pressure about being vaccinated me myself I ended giving up because there is no single day I went to hospital or clinic and found the vaccine a available so why would I waste my precious time going there as if I'm going to die tomorrow and at work it wasn't compulsory maybe I could ended up being arrested like those boys 🤷🤷🤷


Asalif 1 month ago

@ cute have you been forced to read

cute 1 month ago

ndoinonzi shongrish yawanyora type shona its allowed

dispenser 1 month ago

They learned from their bosses @ zanupf



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