MDC MP to languish in jail

HARARE - MDC Harare West MP Joana Mamombe will have to languish in remand prison after the court dismissed her application challenging placement on remand in a subversion case. She will be back in court on March 19.

Mamombe was being represented by Obey Shava who had made the application on the basis that his client was not fully advised of the treason charges at arrest, 48 hours had lapsed by the time she appeared in court and that there was no reasonable suspicion for the offence she was being charged for.

However, Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa dismissed the application. “Although the arresting officer who testified in court was not eloquent, clearly the accused person was advised of her charge upon arrest.  “This is so because after being arrested she even had time with the speaker of Parliament,” Mugwagwa ruled.

“The accused person was in court before lapse of the 48 hour provision but her matter only had to wait because the court was overwhelmed with other cases.” Mamombe said before her arrest, her mother was put under house arrest by unidentified security agents who demanded to know her whereabouts.

“I had gone for a Media and Parliamentary Workshop in Nyanga and around midnight of February 25 my mother called saying  she was in trouble because six men were at the house looking for me. The second call was from one of the men who was at my mother’s house and he told me that I was in hot soup,” she said

Her lawyer argued that the 48-hour provision had been breached. Shava also claimed that one of the arresting details Dennis Muroyiwa was a bogus cop who had been sent by the army to execute Mamombe’s arrest. Muroyiwa claimed to be a member of CID law and order but failed to name his superiors or appreciate basic police procedures.

“You do not know anything about police structures; you do not even know your previous boss nor the department where you are supposedly based. Who is making you masquerade as an officer and when are you going to return to the barracks?” Shava queried.
Allegations against Mamombe emerged on January 14, 2019, when she held a presser at Civic Centre, Marlborough in Harare in her capacity as MDC MP.

The court heard that Momombe together with members of her constituency planned to join hands with other trade unions to coerce and invite them to overthrow president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. It is further alleged that the 25-year-old legislator urged members of her constituency to resort to civil disobedience and demonstrations to shut down Zimbabwe in response to public outcry over fuel price hikes, shortages and high cost of living.

The court heard that between January 14 and 16, 2019 and in response to Mamombe’s presser,  members of the opposition, various trade unionists, pressure groups, youth forums and members of the public engaged in violent protests across the country. 
As a result property was destroyed, lives were lost, several police officers and members of the public were also injured.

    Comments (9)

    Magistrate obviously got orders from the top, this is clear intimidation, cowing opposition leaders into submission. Kupa benzi masimba ndozvazvinoita

    Kufandada - 6 March 2019

    This Mamombe is only a child in politics. She should be given Community Service sentence. I know youngsters easily get carried away.

    Mhofu Chaiyo - 6 March 2019

    You claim of the rule of the law. Hee..heee Zimbabwe has no rule of law. There we go. You went against the constitution and you call for constitutionalism in Zimbabwe. is that constitutionalism, when you call for your supporters to loot, burn and destroy innocent people's property through demonstration. You deserve it because you are the instigators of the violence. I and l shall not support such acts against our innocent folks in Zimbabwe. Rather, the system should deal with them harshly. Even Trump himself will never allow such unconstitutionalism acts to happen in America. Hence they sponsor you to destroy your own country and yet behind the scenes, they will be laughing their lungs out that they have faggots, slaves and puppets working for them. Its a big shame that our opposition grouping are always used by the West to usurp to power. Look at the recent events in DRC, the opposition won all because Felix's campaign was to do away with colonisers like French, Belgium and others because they were looting DRC's resources. Wake up as opposition in Zimbabwe, Africa has now nothing to do with the West governments. We need our own home grown oppositions as in other countries in SADC where they embrace each other for the good of the country and its citizens. No opposition in its normal sense can look for advise from the Americans. You are stooping so low and hence the ruling parties in SADC will never embrace the MDC as a party all because it is known that it is not a home grown opposition. You will face a rejection in Africa because you are a western sponsored kangaroo parties. You will become a real opposition in the face of African if you stop asking for advise and funds from Trump but for the time being you should forget about winning elections in Zimbabwe because you are not a Zimbabwean opposition party rather Americans with an agenda to plunder our resources. Remember Zimbabwe is rich hence they are putting sanctions day and night.

    Clemence Tashaya - 6 March 2019

    famba mamombe famba itai dzamara tatora nyika yedu

    g40 - 6 March 2019

    famba mamombe famba itai dzamara tatora nyika yedu

    g40 - 6 March 2019

    Zanu ph yapererwa chokwadi. God is watching.

    yohwe - 6 March 2019

    leave the courts to decide.Why is it that when members of the opposition break the law we always claim political persecution?Should members of the opposition be allowed to go free when they break the law?Lets open up our brains

    Adam - 7 March 2019

    Her exact words at the presser will have to be brought to the fore and i bet she never encouraged anyone to go and loot. The state case will crumble at law, the bogus cop the six man who went to her mother's at midnight all does not augur well for the state at the end its political persecution.

    Sinyo - 7 March 2019

    Clemence Tashaya unorashika hey. Have you listened to yourself uchitaura zvakadai. It isn't a crime to be an opposition party. Let the truth be told, political persecution will never be tolerated. Mamombe did nothing that deserves all this. Watch the space. One day your mind and eyes will be open to see the truth.

    mapamba pashi - 7 March 2019

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