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Joana Mamombe bail hearing deferred to next week

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  • The hearing was set for yesterday before Justice Pisirayi Kwenda, but the matter was deferred to Monday next week, when the record of proceedings from the lower court is expected to be available.

THE High Court yesterday deferred to next week the hearing of the appeal by MDC-Alliance’s Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri challenging the magistrates court’s recent decision to deny them bail on the grounds of changed circumstances.

The two are facing charges of violating Covid-19 lockdown regulations, and are struggling to get bail since the courts are saying they continue committing similar offences.

Last week, Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi refused to grant the pair bail, saying they committed the alleged offences while on bail over similar charges and releasing them would compromise the administration of justice.

They then took the matter to the High Court on appeal.

The hearing was set for yesterday before Justice Pisirayi Kwenda, but the matter was deferred to Monday next week, when the record of proceedings from the lower court is expected to be available.

Mamombe and Chimbiri are accused of violating Covid-19 regulations when they gathered for a press briefing at the Harare Magistrates Court.

Their trial on these latest charges has been set for May 5. ■

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