14 Zimbabwe opposition members granted bail
About 14 Zimbabwe opposition members belonging to the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) arrested over violence over a 100 days ago have been granted bail by the High Court.
High Court Judge, Munamato Mutevedzi granted the opposition members conditional release from custody at $50,000 Zimbabwean dollars each.
They had spent 150 days in remand prison after being arrested over the violence which rocked slain CCC activist Moreblessing Ali’s funeral on the 14th of June.
Ali went missing for three weeks before being found murdered and her body mutilated on 11 June 2022.
Last week Sithole was granted bail after spending 149 days in jail, however co-accused Job Sikhala remains behind bars and his trial starts today.
CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said there was nothing to celebrate as bail is a constitutional right.
“We breathe a sigh of relief, but we do not celebrate. They should never have been jailed without trial in the first place. Bail is a constitutional right,” Mahere posted on twitter.
🟡We breathe a sigh of relief but we don’t celebrate. They should never have been jailed without trial in the first place. Bail is a constitutional right. #FreeWiwa #FreeBiri
— Fadzayi Mahere🇿🇼 (@advocatemahere) November 15, 2022
CCC leader Nelson Chamisa also demanded for the immediate release of Sikhala.
“Good news bail granted! Finally, the Nyatsime 14 have been granted bail. Now honourable Job Sikhala must be granted bail. Thanks to advocate Thabani Mpofu for representing our citizens’ heroes. Glory be to God!” Chamisa said.
GOOD NEWS…BAIL GRANTED! Finally the #Nyatsime14 have been granted bail. Now Hon @JobSikhala1 must be granted bail. Thanks to @adv_fulcrum for representing our citizens heroes. Glory be to God! pic.twitter.com/QX7tSVJHn8
— nelson chamisa (@nelsonchamisa) November 15, 2022