Promise Mkhwananzi Denied Bail, Labeled As Risk If Released

Promise Mkhwananzi Denied Bail, Labeled As Risk If Released
Published: 2016 August 30 04:14:29 (2279 Views)


Tajamuka front man Promise Mkhwananzi and 14 other protesters who are facing charges of steering public violence were denied bail yesterday.

The magistrate Tendai Mahwe ruled that Mkwananzi (35) and his co-accused Bruce Usvisvo (26) could interfere with State witnesses if freed on bail.

Thirteen other protesters who appeared in court last Friday were also denied bail.

They were remanded to September 12.

It is alleged that Mkwananzi led groups of people who allegedly ran amok in the Harare central business district, destroying property before setting ablaze a police van and a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) vehicle.

In their bail application, Mkwananzi and Usvisvo, who were represented by their lawyer Mupanga Bhatasara, presented alibis.

“On the August 24, Mkwananzi was attending a Sapes Trust workshop and never set foot in town,” said Bhatasara.

“The demonstrations were convened by MDC-T youths under the banner My Zimbabwe and the pair is not MDC-T members.

“Usvisvo entered Choppies Supermarket in the mid morning. While at the till, people started throwing stones and after paying for his items he quickly exited.

“He lost some of the things he bought only to be arrested two days later.”

Bhatasara added that there is no group called Tajamuka, but it is a phrase used by ordinary citizens.

“The phrase indicates that they are fed up of poverty, corruption and mismanagement of the economy,” he said.

“Because there is no group, there cannot be a leader of the movement.”

Prosecuting, Michael Reza claimed that if the two were released, they would influence and intimidate witnesses because they operate as a mob.





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