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UK based opposition leader ‘Innocent Ndabali’ walks free; Zim visa violation story crumbles

Court victory for Zimbabwe Economic Freedom Fighters (ZEFF) boss

BULAWAYO: UK-based politician, Innocent Ndibali has been acquitted of violating the country’s immigration laws.

Ndibali, leader of the Zimbabwe Economic Freedom Fighters (ZEFF), was arrested after he addressed journalists at the Bulawayo Media Centre. He holds a British passport.

Bulawayo magistrate Ms Sithembiso Ndlovu ruled that the State failed to prove a prima facie case against Ndibali and discharged him at the close of the State case.

“From the evidence in court, it is clear that the accused person was attending a social gathering hence the allegations by the State that it was a Press conference automatically fall away. The State failed to prove a prima facie case against the accused. Accordingly, accused is discharged at the close of the State case and acquitted.

She said there was no clarification from the investigating officer and the immigration officer on what Ndibali’s holiday visa conditions entailed.

“I do not see any condition which was attached to his holiday visa,” said Ms Ndlovu.