An alleged member of the ‘Tyson Wabantu Movement’ has been arraigned before the courts for distributing fliers and party regalia in Nkulumane and Makokoba suburbs in Bulawayo.
Tyson Wabantu Movement is a political outfit reportedly fronted by self-exiled former Zanu PF commissar and government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere.
Andifasi Banda (41) was not asked to plead to a charge of failure to comply with a prohibition notice or any directions or conditions or public meeting is authorised.
Bulawayo magistrate Lizwe Jamela placed Banda off remand and ruled that the matter will proceed by way of summons.
Magistrate Jamela said the case had not been properly investigated and there was no evidence clearly linking Banda to the offence.
According to State papers as presented by Terrence Chakabuda, on December 2, 2019, Banda gave notice to the police that he intended to do public processions in Bulawayo West and Nkulumane police districts.
“On December 3, the regulating authorities for the two districts advised the accused person to comply with the law by going a 7-day notice as enshrined in law. On December 5 the accused person went on to conduct public processions in the two districts without conforming to the given orders,” said Chakabuda.
“The accused person did processions in support of the National Patriotic Front (NPF). The offence was discovered by the police and leading to investigations and the arrest of Banda. Exhibits in the form of fliers drumming up support for one Savior Kasukuwere were recovered.”
The State further alleged that there was information from vendors that about 15 NPF party members were distributing fliers and giving out party regalia, T-shirts at Sokusile shopping center from around 1300hrs to 1315 hrs.
“At around 1430hrs in Makokoba 2 BMW vehicles and three BUPTA kombis had several passengers putting on green t-shirts whistling and throwing fliers through the windows. The convoy turned to 6th street and proceeded to Fusini shopping Centre,” said Chakabuda.