Five more supporters of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) from Nyatsime have been arrested today (22 June) in connection with the violence that rocked Nyatsime on 14 June at the memorial service of the murdered party activist, Moreblessing Ali.
This takes to 10, including Members of Parliament, Job Sikhala (Zengeza West) and Godfrey Sithole (Chitungwiza North), the number of CCC supporters arrested over the violence.
The CCC MPs and three supporters of the opposition party, Misheck Guzha, Adious Makoma and Precious Jeche were denied bail by the Harare Magistrate Court today. Sikhala and Sithole, who have been appearing in court in leg irons, were remanded in custody to 6 July.
Magistrate Gibson Mandaza said Sikhala and Sithole are “a threat to public security” and likely to re-offend if released on bail. Mandaza ruled that Sikhala had already disregarded a High Court order that barred him from using Social Media.
The ruling on the trio’s bail application will be delivered tomorrow (23 June) at 3 PM. Noble Chinhanu, of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, is representing the trio.