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» » ZPCS tries ‘traitorous’ prison officer

... Mahlabera appears before disciplinary committee for ‘supporting’ Chamisa

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CHIREDZI - Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has summoned John Mahlabera to appear before a disciplinary hearing this Thursday to face two counts of contravening Section 3(1) or alternatively 3(46) of the Prison Staff Discipline Regulation of 1984.
Mahlabera is accused of tweeting in favour of opposition candidate in the July 30 harmonised elections on April 19.
TellZim News saw the charge sheet served to Mahlabera for undermining President Emmerson Mnangagwa and attending MDC Alliance Rally held in Tshovani Stadium on June 10, 2018.
On count one, Mahlabera is accused for contravening Section 3(1) of the Prisons (staff) (discipline) Regulations OF 1984 for using ‘traitorous’ or ‘disloyal’ words against Mnangagwa.
“On the 09th day of April 2018 and at (or near) Chiredzi prison, the said 2929948A C01 Mahlabera John (Herein referred to as accused). Being a member of the Service, did: Unlawfully made political comments on his Twitter account after an MDC Alliance rally that was held at Jerera growth point in Zaka which was addressed by Nelson Chamisa, the President of MDC Alliance political party,” reads the charge sheet.
“He wrote the following words on his Twitter account ‘Come to Chiredzi my President’ thus showing loyalty to the opposition party president thereby exhibiting disloyalty and disgraceful contact to the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” reads the charge sheet.
On the second count, Mahlabera is accused for contravening Section 3(46) of Prisons (Staff)(Disciplinary) Regulations 1984 for being guilty of any other act conduct disorder or neglect of duty to the prejudice of good conduct or discipline as read with section 19(a-g) of staff general regulations 1968.
“Being a member of the Service did: Unlawfully and intentionally participated in active politics when he attended MDC Alliance Rally which was held at Tshovani Stadium in Chiredzi on 10 June 2018, where upon the accused was invited to the podium by MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa who then introduced him to MDC Supporters.
“The member was then promised promotions or work as a security detail if Nelson Chamisa wins the harmonised elections that were held on 30 July 2018 for showing a partisanship with MDC party,” reads the sheet.
It is reported that while in ZPCS cells, Mahlabera was manhandled and tortured by ZPCS intelligence officers and he is said to have reported the matter to the police.

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