Demo lands Harare trio in custody 

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Blessing Masakadza

THREE people were yesterday denied bail after they were arrested for marching and demonstrating near Boka Tobacco Auction Floors in Harare in support of today’s planned demonstration and also calling for the release of Transform Zimbabwe president Jacob Ngarivhume.

Ngarivhume is the convenor of the planned protest.
Emmanuel Mukwemu, Trynos Hove and Petronella Sabawu were not asked to plead to allegations of participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence when they appeared before Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba.  
They were remanded in custody to August 13 after the State opposed their admission to pre-trial freedom.
The magistrate concurred with the State that the nature of the trio’s allegations involving violence does not warrant them to be freed before trial.
Allegations are that on July 26, the trio, together with a group of 17 others still at large, gathered at Boka Tobacco Auction Floors with the intention of participating in an illegal demonstration.
They allegedly marched holding placards inscribed “July 31 Independence Day, corruption must go, free Jacob our leader #31 July.  31 July no turning back on corruption, free Zimbabwe. . .”
Claims are that after the march, they dispersed in different directions.
The court heard that on July 27, the police, acting on a tip-off, proceeded to a bar in Hopley where they arrested Mukwemu after identifying him through his clothes, while the others were arrested at their homes.
Another suspect, Rodrick Majoni, was remanded in custody to today for bail application as the courts closed early yesterday and could not hear his matter.
Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.

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