Vendors fight for freedom

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TEN vendors who were arrested on allegations of bashing a cop before fleeing into the basement of a building in the capital where several police helmets were reportedly recovered have had their freedom bid fail.
Evans Chinyanga, Tichaona Mazia, Petros Kayesa, Adoration Tafadzwa Madziwa, Lovemore Chitengo, Robson Mutseta, Hillary Nyawasha, Wambo Denford, Blessing Chirodza and David Tawanda Tekere who are all out on
bail and were in court represented by their lawyer, Kudzai Kadzere, had their application for refusal of further remand dismissed by Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga.

They had told the court that they had been on remand since October last year with no progress on the matter and said the State would not be prejudiced if they are removed from remand.

The State, led by Lancelot Mutsokoti told the court that Covid-19 has had an impact on investigations as they are waiting for a police officer, who is in South Africa and is expected back as coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown regulations are being eased.

Taruvinga concurred with the State that the Covid-19 pandemic has had an effect on a number of sectors and this has also affected investigations.

The 10 were arrested together with the late Hilton Tamangani, who reportedly died in prison cells last October.

They further placed the State on notice that on the next appearance,November 19, if there is no progress, they would make another application for refusal of further remand.

The 11 allegedly took turns to punch and slap police officer Tatenda Sibiya, who was standing at the intersection of Julius Nyerere Way and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, while ordering him to leave ‘‘their’’ area. Tamangani allegedly stole a mobile phone, US$200 and $35 from Sibiya during the assault.

After committing the offence, it was alleged that they fled into the basement of Robinson House where they were later arrested and a number of police helmets were recovered.

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