Investigative Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, has been granted ZWL$10 000.00 bail by High Court judge, Justice Chitapi.
The trio were at Harare High Court today waiting for the ruling on bail appeals filed by Hopewell Chin’ono & Jacob Ngarivhume who have spent 43 days in prison after they were arrested on 20 July & charged with inciting public violence for allegedly calling for removal of President ED Mnangagwa’s government.
In granting bail Justice Tawanda Chitapi said: “No continuity of demonstrations was advocated for. Nothing was put in place to show that July 31 was for commencement of a process, so magistrate misdirected in failing to find that passing of July 31 was a changed circumstance”
Hopewell’s legal team were happy that he has been freed but be-mourned the conditions of the bail, “The fact that he has been incarcerated all this time is a huge injustice… Bail conditions too strict, they restrict his constitutional rights” – Doug Coltart.
Meanwhile Jacob Ngarivhume was granted $50 000 bail after spending 43 days in jail and he’s barred from sharing messages on Twitter, must report 3 times a week to Police and surrender his passport.
“We dream of a Zimbabwe free of corruption, a Zimbabwe that respects human rights, & a Zimbabwe that respects the rule of law.”- Jacob Ngarivhume, Transform Zimbabwe leader speaks