HARARE Magistrate Victoria Mashamba on Thursday 21 November 2019 set free a 10 month-old baby, who had been detained together with her mother after she was arrested by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers and charged with disorderly conduct.
The 10 month-old baby was detained at Harare Central Police Station, where her mother spent the night together with six other people after they were arrested on Wednesday 20 November 2019 as ZRP officers indiscriminately apprehended people after cracking down on citizens in Harare’s central business district.
The seven people who were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in a public place as defined in section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act are Gift Ben aged 30 years, Rose Chitsungo aged 30 years, Maria Tinago aged 36 years, Shoko Zindoga aged 42 years, Godfrey Karembera aged 42 years, Victor Maramba aged 20 years and Honzeri Zondai aged 37 years. Collen Mubandarikwa aged 32 years and who was initially among people arrested by ZRP officers was set free late on Wednesday evening.
In court, prosecutors claimed that Ben, Chitsungo, Tinago, Zindoga, Karembera, Maramba and Zondai, who were represented by Nontokozo Dube-Tachiona and Tonderai Bhatasara of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), gathered outside Harvest House in Harare waiting to listen to an unsanctioned address titled “Hope for the Nation Address” by MDC Alliance party leader Nelson Chamisa, where they refused to move away from some street pavements and also pelted some police officers with missiles while mocking the law enforcement agents through chanting “hatidi zvekupihwa order ne masascam”.
Magistrate Mashumba granted $200 bail to Ben, Chitsungo, Tinago, Zindoga, Karembera, Maramba and Zondai and ordered them to report once a week at ZRP stations.
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