7 arrested for ‘Ngaapinde Hake Chamisa’ flash protest

By Nancy Samuriwo, HourlyHits Reporter

SEVEN residents of Chitungwiza, who include two juveniles, have appeared in court charged with disorderly conduct after they staged a flash protest in Unit D suburb on Saturday.

The two juveniles were released into the custody of their parents and guardians while the five adults have been granted ZW$6,000 each.

The State prosecutors told Chitungwiza magistrate Sheunesu Matova that on Saturday, the seven conducted a procession in Unit D suburb in Chitungwiza and their conduct intended to promote public violence.

They were allegedly wearing T-shirts written “Ngaapinde Hake Chamisa” and “Register to Vote for Change”. The court heard that the suspects were chanting “Chinja Maitiro Chinja” while denigrating President Mnangagwa’s Government.

“Ngaapinde Hake Mukomana” is a slogan coined by disgruntled opposition MDC Alliance supporters who want their party leader Nelson Chamisa to take over power after winning the 2023 polls.

The seven were not authorized to gather and protest in the way they did, the State argued.

Harare lawyer Tapiwa Muchineripi of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights represented the seven.

The five adults who were granted ZW$6 000 bail were ordered to report once per week at ZRP Zengeza Town Centre while the juveniles were released into the custody of their guardians. □

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