MDC youth leader released

GWERU - A Gweru court yesterday set free an opposition legislator who had been arrested for allegedly inciting his MDC Alliance party supporters to commit public violence ahead of the harmonised elections held in July.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers arrested Happymore Chidziva, the MDC Alliance youth assembly leader, who is the Highfield West constituency MP-elect, on Monday charging him with incitement as defined in section 187 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

Prosecutors alleged that Chidziva, who is represented by Jeremiah Bamu and Brian Dube of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), encouraged his MDC Alliance party supporters during a political rally held in July 2018 in Gweru to protest against an unfavourable election outcome and to defend their vote if Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) rigged the election in favour of Zanu PF party.

But Chidziva was set free by Gweru Provincial Magistrate Charity Maphosa after she granted him $100 bail and ordered him to report once a fortnight at Machipisa Police Station in Harare’s Highfield suburb.

In Harare, another MDC Alliance party youth leader, Chamunorwa Madya, the deputy secretary-general for the MDC Alliance youth assembly and Mafaiti Mubaiwa, who is employed as a security personnel at the opposition party headquarters were on Tuesday granted $50 bail each by a Harare magistrate after they were arrested for allegedly contravening section 36(1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

ZRP officers who arrested Madya and Mubaiwa on Monday, accused the duo of committing public violence after they allegedly participated in a demonstration held in Harare early in August to protest Zec’s poor management of the July 30 harmonised elections.

Madya and Mubaiwa were represented by Nontokozo Dube-Tachiona and Gugulethu Mahlangu-Simango of ZLHR.

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