Evan Mawarire remanded in custody

HARARE - Activist and cleric Evan Mawarire — who is facing treason charges — has been further remanded to Tuesday while a High Court judge goes through bail application arguments.

Mawarire was arrested last week on Wednesday on subversion charges in the wake of violent anti-government protests that were sparked by a fuel price hike.

Justice Tawanda Chitapi yesterday deferred bail application judgment to next week. This was after the State opposed Mawarire’s bail application on the grounds that if released he is likely to incite more violence once granted bail.

“There is a likelihood that the accused person might commit a similar offence if granted bail considering that in one of his videos he said after the three days of the stay away he was going to make another call on what should be done next if government does not meet the Zimbabweans’ demands,” prosecutor Mirirai Shumba said.

Shumba also said Mawarire’s application should be thrown out as he might also abscond and skip trial considering that if found guilty he faces a long term prison term for his crime.

Mawarire through his Lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara, however, has offered to surrender his passport and title deeds as assurance that he will not run away.

“My client is also willing to deposit an amount of $500 or any amount that the court considers sufficient and adequate for his bail. He is also willing to report to Avondale police station every Friday if granted bail,” Bhatsarara said.

Justice Chitapi, however, said he will deliver the judgment next Tuesday, saying he needs time to deliberate on it considering its seriousness.

Mawarire is in detention at Chikurubi Maximum Prison in Harare. His charges centre around a video he flighted calling for a national stay-away which erupted into violent protests.

In 2017, the #ThisFlag leader also coordinated a shutdown and was arrested for the same offence as the one he is alleged to have committed now.

Mawarire was, however, acquitted of attempting to overthrow the then president Robert Mugabe-led government.

Comments (4)

This should outrage all Zimbos. He called for people to protest. That's not a crime. Zanu wants us to suffer without telling them how we feel? Stupid. This junta is exactly the same as Mugabe. We swapped one dictator for another. Barring Chamisa from the stadium? Who does that? Evil

Moe Syszlack - 26 January 2019

Hushingi hwaGOCHWA let himw rot in jail - I we lost our merchandise to looters

willo - 27 January 2019

oreramo dzunguman. Go and study your democracy again.

DOFO - 27 January 2019

Zimbabweans move on quickly - people have since forgotten about this dzunguman and moving on with their lives. Throw away the prison keys - that's where he belongs - Hushingi hwaGochwa! Go on hunger strike and phone trump - I hear you have his phone number and he has yours too. Some of us we lost our sources of livelihoods due to the looters.

willo - 27 January 2019

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