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Court sets free 3 MDC Alliance activists as State witnesses fail to show up

CHINHOYI magistrate Tapiwa Banda, on Wednesday set free three opposition MDC Alliance members by removing them from remand on charges of contravening national lockdown for allegedly taking part in an illegal gathering.

Emmanuel Chinanzvavana, Aldini Wairesi and Daniel Hove, who are opposition MDC Alliance party activists and were represented by Tinomuda Shoko and Paidamoyo Saurombe of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, were arrested March 27, 2021, in Mutorashanga.

The trio was charged with contravening Section 5(3)(a) of the Public Health COVID-19 Prevention, Containment, Treatment (National, Lockdown) Consolidation, Containment Amendment Order 2020.

According to the ZLHR, prosecutors alleged that Chinanzvavana, Wairesi and Hove, who are out of custody on RTGS$10 000 bail each, partook or convened an unlawful gathering of people numbering about 100 at a residential place knowing that such a gathering is prohibited.

CHINHOYI magistrate Tapiwa Banda, on Wednesday set free three opposition MDC Alliance members by removing them from remand on charges of contravening national lockdown for allegedly taking part in an illegal gathering.

Emmanuel Chinanzvavana, Aldini Wairesi and Daniel Hove, who are opposition MDC Alliance party activists and were represented by Tinomuda Shoko and Paidamoyo Saurombe of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, were arrested March 27, 2021, in Mutorashanga and charged with contravening Section 5(3)(a) of the Public Health COVID-19 Prevention, Containment, Treatment (National, Lockdown) Consolidation, Containment Amendment Order 2020.

According to the ZLHR, prosecutors alleged that Chinanzvavana, Wairesi and Hove, who are out of custody on RTGS$10 000 bail each, partook or convened an unlawful gathering of people numbering about 100 at a residential place knowing that such a gathering is prohibited.

On Wednesday, Chinanzvavana, Wairesi and Hove were removed from remand by Banda after two state witnesses Francis Kapuyanyika and Abel Mushipe, once again failed to appear in court for the trial to commence.

This resulted in warrants of arrest being issued against the two law enforcement agents.

On Wednesday, Chinanzvavana, Wairesi and Hove were removed from remand by Banda after two state witnesses Francis Kapuyanyika and Abel Mushipe, once again failed to appear in court for the trial to commence.

This resulted in warrants of arrest being issued against the two law enforcement agents.

Prosecutors were advised to proceed by issuing summons to compel the trio to return to court if they intend to proceed with prosecuting them. ■

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