Harare West legislator Joanna Mamombe and her alleged accomplices who are accused of publishing false statements prejudicial to the State will know their fate today when the presiding magistrate passes her bail ruling.
The trio of Mamombe, 27, Cecilia Chimbiri, 31, and Netsai Marova, 25, were not asked to plead when they appeared before Harare regional magistrate Bianca Makwande last Friday.
Allegations are that on May 13, the trio and other members of their political party gathered at Warren Park 1 shops demonstrating against the recalling of some members of their party from the from Parliament and the alleged misuse of Covid-19 funds by the government.
On the same date, they advised their lawyers, friends, and family members through texts and calls that they had been arrested and were at Harare Central Police Station.
Upon receiving the communication from the trio, their lawyer Jeremiah Bamu, reported at the CID Law and Order where checks were made and it was established that they hadn’t been arrested.
On the same day, social media platforms and local newspapers circulated stories purporting that they had been arrested for participating in the Warren Park demonstration.
On May 15, Bamu contacted the police at around lam and informed them that the accused persons were at Muchapondwa Busi-ness Centre in Bindura. The police and the trio’s lawyers went to Muchapondwa Business Centre where they collected the trio and took them to a private hospital for medical examination since they alleged they had been tortured.
On May 19, Marova was interviewed and made a statement that she had been abducted by members of the police and a statement of complaint was recorded.
On May 25 Mamombe and Chimbiri were also interviewed and also alleged that they had been abducted and tortured. The State alleged that investigations conducted by the police established that the trio was never abducted but they created or stage-managed the kidnapping and during the time they alleged they were kidnapped, they had visited Belgravia Shopping Centre.
The State alleges that the trio was physically seen by members of the public who will testify.
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