MDC MPs freed on bail

HARARE - MDC Parliamentarians, Fani Munengami and Ronia Bunjira — who are accused of taking part in Saturday’s electoral reforms protests “with intention to promote public violence” — were yesterday freed on bail.

Mbare magistrate Stanford Mambanje granted the duo $200 and $400 bail respectively.

Munengami, a Glen View North legislator, was charged together with five others for protesting in Glen View while Bunjira, a legislator for Harare Metropolitan, was charged with seven others for protesting in Waterfalls.

Munengami had appeared in court on Monday but Mambanje rolled over bail ruling to yesterday after the accused complained of police brutality and requested to be examined by a medical doctor.

Yesterday, the magistrate released the accused, arguing that the State had not provided compelling evidence for the court to conclude that they were a flight risk and would further fuel other protests.

As for Munengami and others, allegations are that on September 17, 2016 at Glen View 8’s open space near City Council offices, the MP and more than fifty others, who are still at large, gathered at a place known as PaMapostori.

The court was told that Munengami intended to carry an unsanctioned demonstration under the National Electoral Reform Agenda banner.

It is alleged that the MP went on to address the gathering, encouraging them to demonstrate against the government.

It is the State’s case that during his address he repeatedly chanted pamberi nekuita mhirizhonga, hatirambidzwe (let’s us cause chaos and anarchy, we are allowed to do so).

Police who were deployed near the venue moved in to disperse the unlawful gathering causing the crowd to flee in different directions.

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