Japajapa jailed for two years

Paddington Japajapa testify before the commissioner on inquiry in Harare yesterday . Picture by Innocent Makawa

Controversial political activist Paddington Japajapa has been slapped with an effective two-year jail term after he was convicted of incitement to commit violence during last year’s elections.

Presiding magistrate Learnmore Mapiye had initially sentenced Japajapa to three years in jail before she suspended one year on condition that he doesn’t commit a similar offense in the next five years.

In her ruling Mapiye said Japajapa is not a first time offender as he was recently convicted by another magistrate after he invaded the Zambian Embassy after he didn’t qualify for a maize import license.

Mapiye noted that Japajapa’s role during the July 30 polls was to merely monitor the election but went on to discuss election results with journalists from various media houses before they were officially announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). – H-Metro