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A ZANU PF councillor dismissed the Zimbabwe national constitution as a 'stupid book' before causing the arrest of Youth Advocacy Reform and Democracy (YARD) leader, Themba Mliswa, and 20 other members of the group last weekend.

Mliswa's lawyer, Lizwe Jamela, confirmed to NewZimbabwe.com that his client was released late Monday afternoon after his arrest at Esigodini in Matebeleland South.

Jamela said the State papers were not in order as their facts did not support the charge.

Mliswa is being charged with Section 25 of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) and will be back in court on June 22.

The court case was delayed for more than 2 hours and only started around 1640hrs Monday.

A Zanu PF Councilor named as Sibanda from Esigodini reportedly disrupted a YARD meeting in the area by forcing his way into a private property. YARD members were having a district meeting with the national executive.

Sibanda is said to have disregarded a copy of the Constitution presented to him by YARD spokesperson, Tatenda Mhungu, calling it a "stupid book".

The councilor is said to have mobilised Zanu PF youths to intimidate the YARD members before calling the police to arrest Mliswa and his crew.

The other 20 members were released after 20 minutes of arrest while Mliswa remained in the cells.

The State is yet to present its facts but Mliswa has denied the charges laid against him by Prosecutor Taurai Khupe.

Source: New Zimbabwe