Zimbabwean journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume of Transform Zimbabwe will once again sleep in prison after Harare Magistrates Court this Wednesday postponed their bail application hearing to Thursday (tomorrow).
The duo has been in police custody since Monday when they were arrested separately and charged with inciting public violence.
MDC Alliance vice President Tendai Biti who was also in court in solidarity with the duo said Chin’ono’s bail hearing could not be completed due to curfew rules which stipulate that all businesses should close at 3 pm. Biti said:
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As we feared both Jacob and Hope will spend a further night in prison after they were both respectively remanded overnight in custody. In Hope’s case, the court adjourned due to Mnangagwa’s curfew rules. In Jacob’s case the court said it will now hand down it’s ruling tomorrow.
Ngarivhume’s lawyer Moses Nkomo indicated that the hearing will be at 1115hrs tomorrow (Thursday). The duo will sleep at Harare Remand Prison tonight.
The State opposed bail saying Chin’ono is likely to abscond or destroy evidence, arguing that he had tried to delete his Twitter handle, which he allegedly used to incite public violence.
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