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MDC official granted bail

by Staff reporter
25 May 2020 at 13:01hrs | Views
HARARE Ward 23 councillor Stanley Manyenga, who is also the opposition MDC Alliance Harare provincial chairperson, was freed on $1 000 bail on Friday after he appeared in court on public violence charges and breaching lockdown regulations last week.

Manyenga was represented by Gift Mtisi of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights when he appeared before magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa.

He was ordered to report once a fortnight at CID Law and Order and continues residing at his current address until the case is finalised.

The matter was remanded to August 13.

Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti alleged that on February 19, MDC Alliance youths gathered at Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House intending to convene a meeting.

The meeting was supposed to be attended by MDC parliamentarians, councillors, and provincial and district youth leaders.

The court heard that around 6 pm, they began chanting slogans and ran from Nelson Mandela Avenue towards Copacabana bus terminus.

They allegedly held placards inscribed "respect our constitution," "ED must go". Manyenga, who was part of the group, allegedly joined in singing hatichada kunyengerera, hatipihwe order nemasascam (we are fed up and do not take orders from fools).

According to the State, no police clearance was sought for the demonstration.
It is alleged that on May 13 and in breach of lockdown regulations, Manyenga and 50 party members gathered at Warren Park 1 shopping centre.

The court heard that they marched from Warren Park 1 shopping centre along Fourth Street towards the Harare-Bulawayo Road.

They reportedly stopped at the intersection of Fourth Street and Seventh Avenue in Warren Park 1 and displayed placards inscribed "unlock us before we revolt."

According to the State, this was a visible representation that Manyenga and his accomplices intended to breach peace.

The court heard that Manyenga and his team were dispersed by police and he was positively identified in the process.

Source - dailynews