Harare, June 13, 2016 – FIVE Zimbabwean activists arrested on allegations of robbery and defeating the course of justice spent the weekend in prison after failing to raise $1,000 (R15,000) bail each.
The five, Patson Dzamara (pictured), Pride Mukono, Oliver Chikumba, Tatenda Mombeyarara and Zvikomborero Haruzivishe, were arrested at Africa Unity Square taking part in a 16 days and 16 nights demonstration against the mismanagement of the economy by the ruling Zanu PF government.
They were arrested on allegations of robbery and attempting to defeat the course of justice, charges their lawyer say were trumped up.
Their lawyer, Obey Shava of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), said the five had failed to raise the required bail money and would be approaching the High Court to seek a downward review of the bail amount.
“I have been consulting with my clients and we might be approaching the High Court soon,” he said.
The five were remanded in custody until 28 June.
Africa News Agency