LATEST: Bad news for #July 31 protest organiser Jacob Ngarivhume

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Opposition Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume was on Friday denied bail again when he appeared before High Court Judge Justice Tawanda Chitapi.

Ngarivhume was arrested on 20 July and charged with inciting public violence after rallying the citizenry to participate in anti-corruption protests that he had scheduled for the 31st of July.

He was arrested on the same day as corruption whistleblower Hopewell Chin’ono who was also denied bail yesterday.

Their arrest and continued detention have attracted the attention of the international community which is now calling upon Harare to uphold human rights enshrined in the constitution.

The democratic space in the Southern African country has been shrinking since the ascension to power of President Mnangagwa in 2017 with reports of the government crackdown on dissent on the rise lately.

The unfolding is not so good for the Mnangagwa-led administration that recently embarked on an engagement and re-engagement agenda.

Authorities, in strong terms, deny any form of human rights violations in the country.

They rather argue that the alleged abuses are coined by the country’s detractors to dirt Zimbabwe’s image despite the fact that there is crystal clear evidence like videos and pictures.

—Pindula


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