Former Local Government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere who was facing allegation of contravening the Immigration Act has been acquitted.
In her ruling Harare magistrate Josephine Sande said the State should have proved that the accused person had exited Zimbabwe at any point other than the point of exit.
“It is common cause that there was an attack at the accused person’s house and the State did not deny.
“The court take judicial notice that on the day in question there was Operation Restore Legacy.
“In his evidence, the accused person revealed that after the army had announced that they were targeting criminals around the former president, his life was in danger.
“It boggles the mind why would a person who had all the luxuries and holds a diplomatic passport would abandon all the benefits and risk his life trying to find refuge.
“He thought of himself as a refugee since his life was in danger and he had to flee.
Kasukuwere was legally represented by Jonathan Samukange of Venturas and Samukange Legal Practitioners.