Human rights activists remanded in custody

Two human rights activists have been hauled before a Harare magistrate facing charges of attempting to subvert a constitutional government.

Beauty Rita Nyampinga and Sitabile Dewa employed at Communication Services and Allied Union workers allegedly travelled to Maldives where they received training on how to mobilize citizens to turn against the government.

Dewa and Nyampinga appeared before Regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya and the matter was remanded to June 6.

The state alleges that On May 13, Dewa and Nyampinga who are members of various Civic Society Organizations connived with their accomplices George Makoni (aged 38 ), Tatenda Mombeyarara (aged 37), Gamuchirai Mukura (aged 31), Nyasha Mpahlo (aged 35) while Farirai Gumbonzvanda (aged 26)who are already on remand travelled to Maldives, where they underwent a training workshop organized by a Serbian None Governmental Organization called Centre for Applied None Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) with intent to subvert a constitutionally elected government of the republic of Zimbabwe.

During the workshop, accused persons were trained on how to mobilize citizens to turn against the government and engage in acts of Civil disobedience and or resistance to any law during the anticipated national protests by Anti-Governments movements.

Nyampinga and Dewa also received training on how to operate small arms and to evade arrest during civil unrest. More so, accused persons were taught on counter-intelligence and acts of terrorism and on May 27 they were intercepted and arrested upon arrival at RGM International Airport whilst coming back from Maldives aboard South African Airways.

Upon arrest personal computers and cellphones which contain the subversive materials were recovered from accused and sent to POTRAZ for extraction of evidence.