Latest on MDC Alliance youth leader Happymore Chidziva who was arrested over Harare violence

Highfield MP Happymore 'Cde Bvondo' Chidziva

MDC Alliance party Youth Assembly leader Happymore Chidziva who is also the Highfield West constituency MP-Elect was set free by Gweru Provincial Magistrate Charity Maphosa after she granted him $100 bail and ordered him to report once a fortnight at Machipisa Police Station in Harare’s Highfield suburb.

Chidziva was arrested for allegedly inciting MDC Alliance supporters to commit public violence ahead of the harmonised elections held in July. He was arrested on Monday and charged him with incitement as defined in section 187 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

The State alleges Chidziva, who is represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) lawyers Jeremiah Bamu and Brian Dube, encouraged MDC Alliance supporters during a political rally held in July 2018 in Gweru, Midlands province to protest against an unfavourable election outcome and to defend their vote if the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) rigs the election in favour of ZANU-PF.

In Harare, Chamunorwa Madya, the Deputy Secretary-General for the MDC Alliance Youth Assembly and Mafaiti Mubaiwa, who is employed as a security personnel at the opposition party headquarters were set to appear at Harare Magistrates Court, answering to charges of contravening section 36(1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. ZLHR reports the two were expected to be set free on bail too.

— Pindula

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