Residents docked for rising protests against Mugabe

CourtsFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – A ZIMBABWEAN court has granted bail to a Harare resident arrested last week for staging a solo protest against the government of President Robert Mugabe.
Grievance Sipikita (28) of Budiriro high-density suburb was arrested last Thursday outside the Harare Central Police Station, where he allegedly displayed a placard inscribed, “Failed Mugabe Must Step Down.”
Prosecutors charged that Sipikita ,upon being searched by police officers, was also found in possession of another smaller placard demanding the creation of millions of jobs government pledge during election campaigns.
He has been charged with “criminal nuisance.”
Sipikita’s unsanctioned protest, the state charged, was “likely to interfere with the ordinary comfort, convenience, peace or quiet of the public and aimed at creating a nuisance.”
Harare magistrate, Josephine Sande, has granted Sipikita $30 (R389) bail and ordered him to report at Harare Central Police Station weekly on Fridays.
He has been charged under the cumbersome Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act used over the years to suppress dissent against Mugabe (93), who has been in power since independence from Britain 37 years ago.
Last week, under the same legislation, the Harare Magistrates Court sentenced pro-democracy campaigners, Patson Dzamara and Makomborero Haruzivishe, to 315 hours of community service for participating in an anti-government protest last year.
The government faced unprecedented protests following deepening economic challenges and heightening political problems.
CAJ News

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