Gwisai’s Appeal Thrown Out

Former Highfield MP Munyaradzi Gwisai and five others were sentenced to 420 hours of community service and fined $500 each by a Harare magistrate last week.
 
But Gwisai appealed against the conviction at the High Court and sought to have the sentence suspended until the appeal is dealt with.
 
Harare magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini rejected the application saying Gwisai’s High Court bid had no prospects of success.
 
Prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba opposed the application to suspend the sentence saying the State was even contemplating appealing against the ruling.
 
“Our view is that the sentence was too generous and this court was too lenient hence if the sentence is stayed, it would bring into disrepute the justice delivery system,” he said.
 
The activists will now start performing community services at government institutions in Chinhoyi and Harare starting today.
 
Gwisai and his group were initially charged with treason but the charges were later reduced to trying to incite public violence.