Makomborero Haruzivishe Sentenced To 20 Months In Prison

Pro-democracy activist Makomborero Haruzivishe has been sentenced to 36 months in prison by Harare Magistrate Judith Taruvinga.

On the first count of incitement as defined in section 187 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Magistrate Taruvinga sentenced Haruzivishe to serve 24 months in prison of which 10 months were suspended for a period of five years.

On the second count of resisting a peace officer as defined in section 176 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, the pro-democracy campaigner was sentenced to serve 12 months of which six months were suspended for a period of five years.

The MDC Alliance member and former Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) secretary-general was convicted of the offences on Wednesday last week.

After the sentencing of Haruzivishe MDC Alliance spokesperson Advocate Fadzayi Mahere told the press at Harare Magistrates court that lawyers of the accused will file an appeal. She said:

We have talked to his lawyers and they will definitely file an appeal this week.

We want to ensure that he gets bail pending appeal so that he spends less time incarcerated.

We all know that the conviction is extremely controversial and even the reasons for a custodial sentence.

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