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MDC-A member charged with 4 counts of terrorism in the U.K.

ZIMBABWEAN Science teacher and opposition MDC-A member William Chinyanga, 50, who lives and works in the U.K., was has been charged with four counts of terrorism by a London court over his threats to burn down Zimbabweans government property.

Chinyanga has been charged with terror offences over speeches shared on his Facebook page.

The charges relate to speeches allegedly shared by the teacher – who lives in Archway, north London – on Facebook in early December 2019.

The videos encouraged viewers to burn down petrol stations and businesses in Harare to put ‘pressure’ on the Government.

Chinyanga is a campaigner for political change in his home country, the Old Bailey court heard.

He was arrested on February 25 last year by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

On Friday, Chinyanga appeared at the Old Bailey for a preliminary hearing in his case.

Mr Justice Sweeney set a provisional trial date of January 10 2022 with a further preparatory hearing on May 28.

The defendant – who spoke only to confirm his identity in the dock – was granted conditional bail.

The video shared in early December 2019 – titled The Roadmap to Zimbabwean Freedom – allegedly urged viewers to burn buses, petrol stations, fuel tankers and buildings to exert political pressure. – Daily Mail U.K. 🔺

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