By Dumisani Nyoni
Gwanda, September 06, 2016 – TWO Gwanda vendors, who were arrested last Thursday for allegedly picking and sharing an opposition flyer calling for anti-government protests, have been released on bail.
The two, Leonard Ndlovu and Oscar Zhou, also face charges of obstruction the course of justice after they allegedly tried to stop police from arresting fellow offenders.
They were arrested by plain clothes police officers for picking a National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) flyer calling for anti-government demonstrations and further sharing the material with fellow vendors, according to human rights lobby, Restoration of Human Rights Matabeleland South.
Trouble only started when they allegedly tried to stop the police officers from arresting fellow vendors who were caught reading the flyer.
During the incident, the two challenged the officers to produce their police identity cards to prove they were genuine officers on duty.
It is further alleged they admitted passing on the controversial flyer to their colleagues after which they demanded the latter’s release.
Police then arrested the two and charged them for inciting public violence by sharing subversive material and interfering with their dutie.
In a statement on Tuesday, Abameli Human Rights Lawyers said it has secured bail for the duo.
“Nqobani Nyathi of Phulu and Ncube legal practitioners and also a member of Abammeli attended to the two (Oscar Zhou and Leonard Ndlovu) and secured them free bail,” said the group in a statement.
“Their trial has been set for the 13th of September. They are being charged with inciting public violence and obstruction of justice after they called police corrupt.”
The country has since been experiencing a wave of anti-government protests the state fears could easily turn into a fully blown uprising against the Zanu PF led regime.
Citizens have turned up the heat on their government for failure to deliver on its 2013 election promises, top among them and end to massive poverty, joblessness, corruption among a host of unfulfilled promises.
Instead, government has resorted to use brute force on protestors accusing them of causing mayhem in the country.