BY CHARLES LAITON
MDC organising secretary Amos Chibaya, who was arrested on Thursday for failing to name off the opposition social gathering’s demonstration in Harare final week, will spend the weekend in remand jail after Justice of the Peace Learnmore Mapiye yesterday deferred his bail ruling to Monday.
The State alleges that Chibaya, who can be the social gathering’s Mkoba MP, contravened part 26 (11) of the Public Order and Safety Act after allegedly failing to name off the demonstration following a police prohibition order.
Prosecutor Francesca Mukumbiri, who was being assisted by Charles Muchemwa and Panganai Chiutsi, opposed Chibaya’s bail, arguing that the MDC legislator was a flight threat and prone to abscond the court docket’s
jurisdiction due to the gravity of the offence he was going through.
“He (Chibaya) has a propensity to commit comparable offences. The accused (Chibaya) is already on remand on expenses of subverting a constitutionally-elected authorities for which he appeared at Gweru Magistrates’ Courts. That he was given bail didn’t deter him from committing an identical offence. The court docket can take judicial discover of what’s occurring across the nation relating to the protests,” she mentioned.
Chibaya’s attorneys, nonetheless, submitted that the State case was weak, including their shopper must be presumed harmless till confirmed responsible by the courts. It’s the State’s case that on August 6, 2019, Chibaya notified
the police in Harare of the social gathering’s plans to protest towards the excessive value of residing brought on by authorities’s austerity measures. The protests had been scheduled for August 16, however the day earlier than the protests, police issued a prohibition order stopping them.
The State alleges in defiance of the ban, Chibaya allowed opposition activists to collect for a public demonstration within the central enterprise district, leading to fierce clashes with the police.
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