No joy for protestors
The pursuit of freedom by suspected protestors who were arrested demonstrating illegally hit a brick wall yesterday after a Harare magistrate ruled that with the demonstrations that are lined up across the country, they are likely to engage in more demonstrations if granted bail.
Harare magistrate Sheila Nazombe gave a joint ruling to the application for bail made by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Tinomuda Shoko, Jeremiah Bhamu and Gift Mtisi.
“The accused persons are being charged for participating in public violence and the State opposed bail arguing that there is overwhelming evidence as the likes of Prosper Chizenga were arrested at the scene and continued to regroup after being dispersed by the police, the likes of Fabion Mushinda threw stones at the police and if released on bail, they would abscond.
“The defense argued that all twenty-nine were suitable candidates for bail as they are of fixed aboard and above all, no compelling reasons were raised by the State.
“The reasons for denying bail must be strong and forceful as suggested by the defense and this court rules that since there are other lined up protests, that could be an incentive for them to continue engaging in public violence if released on bail hence bail is denied,” said Nazombe.
She remanded them to September 2.
Tinashe Makiya appeared for the State.