Godfrey Tsenengamu waits longer
FORMER Zanu PF youth league national political commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu, pictured, had to spend another night in remand prison yesterday after Harare regional magistrate Ngoni Nduna postponed his bail ruling to today.
He handed himself over to the police on Friday saying unidentified people have been following him around.
The magistrate said he was yet to complete writing the ruling, saying he wanted to evaluate a judgment raised by Tsenengamu’s lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, in his submission in applying for bail.
The State, led by Lancelot Mutsokoti, opposed bail saying being in custody was for Tsenengamu’s own good as he was being trailed by unknown people.
The State said Tsenengamu’s accomplices, who include former Zanu PF youth leader Jim Kunaka, were on the run and if released, they could team up and reoffend.
The defence urged the court to treat Tsenengamu in the same way as MDC Alliance vice chairperson Job Sikhala and Transform Zimbabwe president Jacob Ngarivhume, who were granted bail by the High Court on similar charges.
Sikhala and Ngarivhume separately face similar charges with Tsenengamu.
Tsenengamu is alleged of having made several statements on social media inciting public violence.
In one of the audio recordings that the State is relying on, Tsenengamu allegedly said: “From July 31 and beyond, you must know that people will die as never previously witnessed in this country. Masses will be heavily beaten, thievery and corruption will increase to unprecedented levels … boys and girls who are in the diaspora with parents in the country, encourage your parents to attend the protests in their numbers and fight for themselves, fight for you and fight for the country as you are being oppressed in the diaspora where you are based, so that you will be able to come to them.”
According to the State, he also used his Twitter account @Godfrey_Tsenaz and posted: “I am not sure about the results of this approach. Anyway, Zimbabwe must win. The Green Revolution is saying corruption and looting must fall on July 31.”