Edmund Kudzayi acquitted as court dismisses State’s ‘vague and embarrassing’ charges
Online news platform Kukurigo’s journalist Edmund Kudzayi, who was previously accused of being behind the shadowy whistle-blowing Facebook character Baba Jukwa, is now a free man after the court dismissed the charges of “unlawful possession or wearing of camouflage uniforms” against him.
Kudzayi was arrested on February 22 at a police check-point along Domboshava Road in Harare after members of the military stopped his vehicle at a roadblock and found a “camouflage umbrella”. He was taken to the police who charged him with contravening section 32 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act – ” Unlawful possession or wearing of camouflage uniforms”.
When he appeared in court, the Prosecution tried to sustain the charge arguing that when one uses an umbrella to shield themselves from the elements they will, in fact, be “wearing” the umbrella.
However, the Magistrate would not have any of this and dismissed the charges describing them as vague and embarrassing.
Kudzayi, who is former editor of the State-owned Sunday Mail who was represented by Obey Shava from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).
He now says he is going to file a lawsuit against the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) member who arrested him.