Sikhala supporter freed

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Tarisai Machakaire

THE High Court has freed an MDC Alliance activist who has been in custody since September 8 for allegedly possessing weapons at a bail hearing for the party’s deputy national chairperson Job Sikhala.

Justice Erica Ndewere released Terrence Manjengwa on $5 000 bail and banned him from possessing offensive weapons until the case is finalised.

Manjengwa has also been ordered to report once a week to the police, surrender his passport and not to interfere with witnesses.

He is jointly charged with Blessed Changara and Barnabas Gura, who are currently out on bail.

Allegations are that on September 3, the three and others who are still at large, gathered at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts in solidarity with Sikhala, who was in court for his bail hearing.

The police’s district reaction group was also deployed there to maintain law and order.

Allegations are that the police received information that the three, who were in a vehicle with no registration plates, had weapons and intended to cause disturbances at the court.

The police approached the vehicle and conducted a search and recovered a catapult, stones, bolts and nuts and bottles, leading to the arrest of the trio.

Further allegations are that upon arrest, the trio was also found without letters exempting them to travel, which is a violation of coronavirus (Covid-19) regulations.

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