Jailed Zim Student “Terrorist” Bids For Freedom

Harare, July 7, 2014 – A Zimbabwean court will on Tuesday determine the fate of a university student charged with attempting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe’s administration.Romeo Tanyaradzwa Musemburi, a third year economics student at the state-run University of Zimbabwe has been in prison detention since his arrest last week for allegedly committing a raft of serious criminal offences such as attempting to overthrow President Mugabe’s administration through unconstitutional means.

State prosecutors claim that Musemburi plotted to commit acts of insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism in contravention of Section 23 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 as read with the same Act.

Musemburi’s lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara of Mupanga Bhatasara Legal Practitioners told Radio VOP that a Judge will hear the student’s bail application at the High Court where he wants to be freed from prison custody and commit to avail himself to stand trial.

In his bail application, Bhatasara argued that his client should be released from prison since some of the people he is accused of conniving in committing the offence have been freed.

“He is not a flight risk and justice should be administered uniformly. He will not interfere with any evidence since the police confiscated his laptop and mobile phone upon arrest,” said Bhatasara in reference to the release on bail of Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudakwashe Kudzayi and his brother Phillip Kudzayi, whom the State claims planned and plotted to overthrow Mugabe’s government through waging war and urged people to join the Zimbabwe Revolutionary Army.

The High Court last week granted bail to Edmund and Phillip amounting to $5 200 and $5 000 respectively coupled with some stringent conditions such as surrendering the passwords their email addresses to the police, to be confined within a 40-kilometre radius of the Harare Main Post Office, report twice a day at Harare Central Police Station and to surrender their travel documents.