Ngarivhume finally freed after 43 days in prison

OPPOSITION politician Jacob Ngarivhume has been granted Z$50,000 bail after a High Court judge acceded to his bail application ending 43 days of incarceration.

The Transform Zimbabwe Leader, was arrested on July 20 charged with inciting public violence for allegedly calling for removal of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

The protest was thwarted by police and the military which kept people off the streets of Harare, the capital, and other cities on July 31.

On three occasions, two Magistrates and a High Court Judge have refused to release Ngarivhume from prison on bail.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) on Wednesday said investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who has complained of ill-health was manhandled.

Journalist Hopewell Chon’ono has been in detention for 43 days along with Ngarivhume.

However, he is said to have fallen ill at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, information which was relayed to his lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, by MDC Alliance legislator for St Mary’s, Job Sikhala.

He is charged with inciting public violence for supporting an anti-government protest.

“Our lawyers reported complaints against Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service that prison guards manhandled freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and brought him to appear before Magistrate Ngoni Nduna against the advice of his medical practitioner,” ZLHR said.