By Court Reporter
Twenty Six Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) members accused of gathering at a Budiriro Member of Parliament Costa Machingauta’s house in Harare’s Budiriro suburb after they had gathered for an internal party meeting were today granted $30 000 bail each by a Harare magistrate.
In granting bail Harare Magistrate Yeukai Dzuda took into account that the accused were not violent, that Machingauta cooperated with the police after handing himself to the police and that they also did not interfere with the witness as they were police officers.
The State, through its witness, conceded that there were very limited chances of interference of witness, who are police officers.
The court also noted that the 26 had no means to flee the jurisdiction of the court once granted bail.
Magistrate Dzuda ordered the applicants to be released on Zwl$ 30 000, to report once a week on a Friday at CID and not to interfere with witnesses.
Two senior citizens aged 72 and 81 respectively were given bail unconditionally.
They were represented by Advocate Wilbert Mandinde, Isheanesu Chirisa of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum working with Chris Mhike supported by Kudzai Kadzere of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Tamutswa Muzana.