JUST IN: Chin’ono, Ngarivhume appear in court

JUST IN: Chin’ono, Ngarivhume appear in court

Jacob Ngarivhume

OPPOSITION politician and organiser of the July 31 mass protests Jacob Ngarivhume and journalist Hopewell Chin’ono have appeared at Harare Magistrates’ Court charged with scheming against the Government.

The pair is being accused of conspiring to mobilise anti-Government protests planned for July 31.

The duo was arrested on Monday and charged with contravening Section 187 (1) (a) as read with section 37 (1) (a) (i) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23, “incitement to participate in public violence”.

They appeared before two different magistrates, were not formally charged with “incitement to participate in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of peace or bigotry.”

In both cases, the prosecution is opposing bail. The bail ruling is expected to be made by end of day today.

The state is opposing bail on the case of Chin’ono who is being represented by prominent lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.

The two have in the most recent weeks been championing the anti-corruption crusade which exposed grand corruption by some government officials.

They have been urging the citizenry to throng to the streets on the 31st of this month over bad governance by the President Mnangagwa-led administration.