harare-magistrates-court.jpgIn recent years, the Zimbabwe Republic Police have been making efforts to counter new criminal trends emerging as a result of new technology.

However, for the year 2011, both the police and the judiciary were taken aback when a new form of crime without any technical sophistication emerged.

The arrest and prosecution of the three infamous Gweru based women on charges of aggravated indecent assault proved that social beliefs can lead to new criminal trends.

The three; Rosemary Chakwizira, Sophie and Netsai Nhokwara are alleged to have drugged men, gave them a concoction before raping them.

The case has brought a lot of controversy as the current law states that a woman does not have the capacity to rape a man.

While some Zimbabweans were expecting the trio to be charged with rape, however the judiciary preferred a lesser charge, aggravated indecent assault.

The three are denying the charges.

The year 2011 also saw Chief Negomo summoning Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to appear before his court for failing to observe cultural practices by conducting a marriage ceremony in November.

Also at the courts was the case of former MDC legislator, Munyaradzi Gwisai and 5 others who are facing charges of plotting to overthrow the government through use of the tactics used in the Egypt and Tunisia protests.

The case seems to be taking too long to be completed as the defence is concentrating on the identity of the state’s key witness.

Political violence also took centre stage with cases of violence reported in Harare and Chitungwiza.

However, of major highlight was the death of a police officer, Assistant Inspector Petros Mutedza who was assaulted and killed by suspected MDC-T activists in Glenview. 

The trial of Assistant Inspector Mutedza’s alleged killers is still continuing in the courts.

The MDC-T party’s congress and the period leading up to the meeting in Bulawayo also saw outbreaks of violence between party members and the arrest of the suspected perpetrators.

The year 2011 also saw the Hwange saga spilling into court with a board led by Mr Tendai Savanhu challenging the appointment of a new board led by advocate Farai Mutamangira.

In Bulawayo, there was another interesting case of the smaller faction of the MDC where the two professors, Arthur Mutambara and Welshman Ncube fought over the leadership of the MDC.

It was professor Ncube who ended the year stronger after the High Court acknowledged him as leader of the faction.

While the judiciary has in recent years been complaining of back log, this year the industrial action by public prosecutors who were demanding a salary increase could have worsened the situation.