MDC activists Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri’s bid for freedom was yesterday granted after High Court Judge Justice Webster Chinamora released them on $10 000 bail each.
The two were arrested on February 1 and charged with undermining police authority after they were allegedly involved in a verbal altercation with members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
They were detained and initially denied bail on February 5 by Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje, who cited that the duo had shown a propensity to commit offences while on bail.
Mamombe and Chimbiri filed an appeal for bail on Friday claiming that the lower court had erred in denying them pre-trial freedom on the fears of the prosecution that they would commit other offences.
The two’s legal representative, Charles Kwaramba, appeared before Justice Chinamora yesterday arguing that Mambanje’s refusal to grant bail and the continued detainment of his clients was unfair as it removed the presumption of innocence.
He also noted that even if the two had committed the crime, it was too minor for them to be denied bail.
Chinamora granted the two bail after the State’s prosecution consented to Kwaramba’s position that the lower court had been misdirected in denying them bail.
The judge ordered them to deposit $10 000 each with the clerk of court and to report once a fortnight on every alternative Friday at the CID Law and Order section between 6am and 6pm.