Three Institute for Young Women’s Development (IYWD) team members who were arrested in Bindura on Wednesday for allegedly contravening provisions of MOPO, a successor law to POSA were on Friday, 01 July granted bail.
According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Sandra Zenda, Kudakwashe Munemo and Onai Chitakunye were arrested by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly convening an unsanctioned meeting.
The three were detained at Bindura Police Station before they were charged with contravening section 7(1)(b) as read with section 5 of the Maintenance of Peace and Order (MOPO) Act.
Zenda, Munemo and Chitakunye were represented by ZLHR’s Idirashe Chikomba, Tinashe Chinopfukutwa and Blessing Nyamaropa.
They were accused of convening a meeting which was attended by 80 people on 29 June 2022 at Mayfair Lodge in Bindura, without giving notice in writing to Chief Superintendent Gladman Chiparaushe, the ZRP Officer Commanding Bindura District, for approval.
Meanwhile, Victor Morrison, who had also been arrested together with the trio, was released on 30 June 2022 after he paid a fine for allegedly failing to display registration number plates on a vehicle.
Morrison was also charged with contravening section 7(1)(b) of the MOPO Act.
He was advised by ZRP officers that he would be summoned to appear in court if the State intends to proceed with prosecuting him.
On Friday, Bindura Magistrate Ruramai Magistrate Chitumbura set the trio free after granting them ZWL$10 000 each.
Chitumbura also ordered the three IYWD team members to continue residing at their given residential addresses and not to interfere with witnesses until the matter is finalised.
They return to court on 15 July 2022.