Two remaining CSO leaders charged with subverting constitutional govt set free

By Court Reporter

TWO civil society leaders who were arrested last month and charged
with subverting constitutional government have been set free after
High Court Judge Justice Amy Tsanga granted them $1 000 RTGS bail and
imposed some stringent reporting conditions for them.

The two CSO leaders Beauty Rita Nyampinga aged 61 years and Stabile
Dewa aged 34 years, had been detained at Chikurubi Maximum Security
Prison and at Parirenyatwa Hospital after they were arrested by
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers on Tuesday 28 May 2019 upon
arrival at Robert Mugabe International Airport and charged with
subverting constitutional government as defined in section
22(2)(a)(iii) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Nyampinga, the Director of Female Prisoners Support Trust and Dewa,
the Director of Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political
Excellence, were also charged with inciting public violence as defined
in section 187(1)(b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act
as read with section 36(1)(a) of the of the Criminal Law (Codification
and Reform) Act.

While the State had initially opposed the admission of Nyampinga and
Dewa on bail, it later made an about-turn and advised Justice Tsanga
that it was no longer challenging the placement of the duo on bail
considering that the CSO leader’s co-accused persons namely George
Makoni, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Gamuchirai Mukura and Frank Nyasha
Mpahlo, had been granted bail on Friday 7 June 2019 and hence there
was no basis for opposing bail.

Justice Tsanga ordered Nyampinga and Dewa to report everyday at ZRP
police stations including continuing to reside at their given
residential addresses until the case is finalised and not to interfere
with witnesses and police investigations.

Justice Tsanga indicated that the CSO leaders can apply at the High
Court after Friday 21 June 2019 for consideration of the variation of
their stringent reporting conditions.