Anti-Mugabe Cleric Freed Again

By Staff Reporter

Harare, November 24, 2016FIREBRAND cleric Patrick Mugadza was on Thursday finally released from police custody after a Harare Magistrate granted him free bail and ordered the State to probe assault his allegations by police.

The 46 year-old pastor with the pentecostal Remnant Church based in Kariba, had been in police custody since Tuesday.

This is after his arrest in Harare’s CBD where he had chained and padlocked himself on steel rails at Africa Unity Square in protest against President Robert Mugabe’s government.

Mugadza was charged for criminal nuisance as defined in Section 46 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

But his lawyer, Gift Mtisi of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told RadioVOP Thursday his client, was granted free bail while the state was ordered to probe and table a report in court on allegations that he was assaulted by plain clothed policemen at Parliament building when he was arrested.

“Pastor Mugadza was not treated for injuries he sustained and the state was ordered to investigate complaints of assault,” Mtisi said.

Mugadza has had several run-ins with the law since last December when he was arrested during a Zanu PF annual conference in Victoria Falls and charged with “criminal nuisance” again.

Prosecutors claimed the cleric staged a one-man protest denouncing Mugabe for presiding over the collapse of the once prosperous southern African country’s economy.

A week ago, Mugadza was arrested at Africa Unity Square and charged for allegedly wearing the country’s national flag without first seeking permission from the country’s authorities.

He was only set free last Saturday on $50 bail after appearing before a Harare magistrate’s court on Tuesday.