ZIMBABWEAN police on Sunday 2 August 2020 arrested more people across the country and charged them for allegedly participating in anti-government protests held on Friday 31 July 2020.
In Bulawayo, ZRP members arrested and detained four residents namely Nyasha William Gwazemba, Nigel Ndlovu, Lydia Muzaba and Methembe Msipha before charging them with participating in a public gathering with intention to cause public violence as defined in section 37 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Gwazemba, Ndlovu, Muzaba and Msipha, who are represented by Bruce Masamvu and Kholwani Ngwenya of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), are expected to appear in court on Monday 3 August 2020.
In Chiredzi, four residents namely Machirairwa Mugidho, Ropafadzo Makunike, Mellania Makara and Victor Bhogo were detained in remand prison after they were arrested by ZRP members on Friday 31 July 2020 and charged with contravening section 37(1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly participating in a protest in which they reportedly carried some placards with messages denouncing President Emmerson Mnangagwa such as “ZANU PF Must Go” and “Shutdown Inflation Not Innocent Citizens”.
Prosecutors said a picture showing Mugidho, Makunike, Makara and Bhogo demonstrating together with eight other unidentified people, who are yet to be arrested went viral on social media.
On Monday 3 August 2020, a Magistrate at Chiredzi Magistrates Court is set to hand down a ruling on their bail application filed by the Chiredzi residents’ lawyer Martin Mureri of ZLHR.
In Masvingo, Ward 4 Councillor Godfrey Kurauone represented by Mureri of ZLHR will know the outcome of his bail application on Monday 3 August 2020 when Magistrate Patience Madondo hands down her ruling on his freedom bid.
Kurauone spent the weekend in remand prison after he was arrested on Friday 31 July 2020 by ZRP members at Masvingo Central Police Station, where he had gone to present himself as part of his bail conditions.
Kurauone was charged with criminal nuisance as defined in section 46 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly circulating a video on WhatsApp on 20 July 2020 showing him singing a song with the lyrics “Ichava nhoroondo kana tatenderwa nababa kubvisa President Mnangagwa pachigaro ichava nhoroondo” conduct which prosecutors claimed greatly interfered with the ordinary comfort, convenience, peace or quiet of the public.
The Ward 4 Councillor was also charged with obstructing or endangering the free movement of persons or traffic as defined in section 38(c) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Prosecutors alleged that Kurauone on Friday 31 July 2020 blocked roads by putting stones and burnt tyres along the Gaths Mine to Chirumanzu road for a stretch of 500 metres.
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