#Tajamuka spokesperson freed on bail

HARARE - Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe yesterday freed pressure group #Tajamuka/Sesijikile spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi on $300 bail.

Mkwananzi, 35, was arrested last week on public violence charges.

As part of his bail conditions, Mkwananzi was ordered to reside at the address that he provided to the court, report to the police every Friday and not to interfere with investigations.

Tajamuka/Sesijikile is a youth movement comprising 14 opposition political parties and 45 civic organisations.

Some of the opposition parties which are part of the group include Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), MDC led by Welshman Ncube, Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ), Zunde Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, Transform Zimbabwe, Free Zim, Dare, Zanu Ndonga, NCA among others.

According to prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa, allegations against Mkwananzi arose on June 16 this year, when he together with his alleged accomplices, still on the run, went around the Harare Central Business District addressing people that were in bank queues.

They reportedly accused Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko of being a “thief.”

Prosecutors said Mkwananzi and his group accused Mphoko of stealing the money from banks to finance his Choppies business and pay hotel bills.

It is alleged that on the day in question, Mkwananzi and his team of 20 individuals later went to Choppies Supermarket wearing T-shirts inscribed #Tajamuka, where they sang revolutionary songs demanding the closure of the shop.

The court further heard that Mkwananzi and his team picked up stones and avocado pears from vendors and started throwing them into Choppies Supermarket.

They reportedly damaged groceries, tills and shelves worth $1 000, before fleeing from the scene.

Mkwananzi will be back in court on August 11.

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