Judge defers Mamombe and Chimbiri bail judgement, again

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MDC Alliance's Joana Mamombe to know her fate on Friday after yet another High Court appeal
MDC Alliance's Joana Mamombe to know her fate on Friday after yet another High Court appeal

Donald Chakamanga

Incarcerated MDC Alliance activists Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri’s will remain in custody for two more days after a High Court judge in Harare postponed their bail judgement to 25 March.

Justice Tawanda Chitapi cited that he did not find time to write the judgement and pushed the matter to Thursday morning.

Last week, the High Court judge requested to go through the written submissions filed by the State and the defence counsel promising to deliver the judgement today.

Mamombe and Chimbiri were arrested for allegedly convening a public gathering at the Harare Magistrates’ Court during the Level 4 National Lockdown and addressed the media in solidarity with Makomborero Haruzivishe.

The activists has been in detention since their arrest on charges of partaking or convening a gathering during the national lockdown period after demanding the release of Haruzivishe.

Harare Magistrate Vongai Guwuriro denied them bail on the basis that they had the propensity to commit offences.

They are being represented by Alec Muchadehama and Jeremiah Bamu from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

Muchadehama said they were arguing that magistrate Guwuriro had misdirected herself by holding as fact that the trio was committing offences.

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