Chademana takes a stand as trial commences (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe employee tried for pornography possession)

Published: November 15, 2010

The trial of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) employee Ellen Chademana has commenced at the Harare Magistrates court on 12 November 2010. Chademana is facing charges of allegedly possessing pornographic pictures thereby contravening section 26(1) of the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act (Chapter10:04).

This follows the state’s refusal to grant an application for discharge, which had earlier been filed by Chademana’s lawyers.

The case began with a cross examination by Chademana’s defense Lawyer Jeremiah Bamu. Chademana took the witness stand and gave an account of what transpired on the day, when she, together with a colleague were arrested during an office raid on May 21 2010. 

She told the court how the search began in her absence and was only called in by the police who said they only needed her to assist them with information.

“To my surprise when I got to the office soon as I got off my car I was ordered to switch off my cellphone, and I was whisked into the offices. Everything was in a mess indicating that there had been a search earlier on.  I was notified by the police that during the search which had been conducted in my absence, the police had found on my work station a file written Gender Minutes 2006 and 2007 which allegedly contained a pornographic picture.”

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