Relief For Alleged Treason Activists

Justice Kudya altered the activists’ reporting conditions on Monday after their lawyer Alec Muchadehama petitioned the High Court seeking a relaxation of their bail conditions.

The activists who include outspoken International Socialist Organisation (ISO) leader Munyaradzi Gwisai had been reporting three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to CID Law and Order section at Harare Central Police Station.

In his application Muchadehama argued that the reporting conditions had been onerous and his clients had religiously abided by them since being granted bail in March.

Edmore Nyazamba, a law officer from the Attorney General’s office opposed the activists’ application arguing that there had not been changed circumstances to warrant a review of their bail conditions.

But Justice Kudya dismissed the State’s assertions and ordered the activists to report to the police on the last Friday of every month.

However, Justice Kudya refused to grant Muchadehama’s application seeking the release of passports belonging to Gwisai, economic justice and anti-debt campaigner Hopewell Gumbo and Antonater Choto who intended to travel outside the country on professional, academic and medical grounds.

The Judge said the three activists should provide documented proof to support their application.

Gwisai, Gumbo, Choto, Tatenda Mombeshora, Eddson Chakuma and Welcome Zimuto will stand trial in July on allegations of plotting to unseat the government through popular revolts similar to those witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia, a charge they deny.