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William Chinyanga Jailed In UK For Inciting Bombings Against Zimbabwe

William Chinyanga (52), who encouraged bombings in Zimbabwe in online speeches has been jailed for terrorism offences, London Evening News reports.

Chinyanga live-streamed a number of speeches on Facebook protesting against Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu-PF, in which he encouraged bombings and attacks on soldiers and police.

The December 2019 videos were referred to counter-terror police who swooped to arrest Chinyanga on February 25, 2020 at his home in north London.

In an interview, he admitted to posting the videos. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Friday.

Chinyanga was found guilty of two counts of encouraging terrorist acts after a trial at Kingston Crown Court.

He was acquitted of two further charges of encouraging terrorist acts.

Commander Richard Smith, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said:

“It was a report from a member of the public that brought Chinyanga’s speeches to the attention of police.

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“That person did the right thing, and this case shows that we will follow up on all reports and take action when needed.

“We strongly urge anyone who sees anything online which promotes terrorism to report it to police.

“Chinyanga sought to reach as wide an audience as possible when he took to social media to encourage violent action against the current government in his native Zimbabwe.

“Dangerous rhetoric of this nature can and does have harmful real-world consequences.

Meanwhile, following a domestic argument, a furious Beitbridge man allegedly killed his 10-month-old child by setting his house on fire.

According to reports, his wife and an older child managed to flee the oncoming blaze while she was hurt.

It is believed that the man severely assaulted his wife before lighting the house on fire by opening a gas cylinder inside his home.

The alleged drunk suspect ran away from the scene while being pursued by the public.

Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo, the officer in charge of the Beitbridge Police District, confirmed the incident but did not provide further details.

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Additionally, he did not disclose whether the suspect, only identified as Gibson, had been detained.

Gibson, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, is believed to have pierced his wife in the hand with a knife, according to a social media post that went viral in Beitbridge.

While his wife and kids were still inside, he then released gas out into the house and set it on fire.

The infant was left behind as the wife fled with an older child.

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