The first batch #ZimShutDown detainees have been released. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) arrested over 1 000 people during the protests that rocked the country from January 14 this year.
In Chinhoyi, six people were brought before the courts and charged with public violence as defined in section 36(1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
The accused included namely Obey Zirota aged 37 years, Simbarashe Mubaira Kuenda aged 25 years, Mini Bizabani aged 41 years, Owen Musariranwa aged 48 years, Basil Nhira aged 19 years and Adonai Tiriwawi aged 22 years, stood trial in Mashonaland West province after they were arrested by ZRP officers a fortnight ago.
The group of six, which was represented by Tinashe Jore of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), were acquitted on Thursday 24 January 2019 at the close of State case by Chinhoyi Magistrate Letwin Rwodzi-Machakaire after she ruled that there was no evidence presented in court by the State linking the accused persons to the commission of the alleged offence.