High Court Reserves Bail Ruling for Incarcerated Zim Students Leader

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The High Court of Zimbabwe has reserved ruling on the bail application for incapacitated Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) President Takudzwa Ngadziore.

Ngadziore was represented by Webster Jiti of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

Jiti told the High Court Judge Justice Davison Foroma that Ngadziore had not committed a crime since he was arrested while exercising his right of expression.

He added that the magistrate’s decision to deny Ngadziore bail at first “was influenced by conjecture and suspicion.”

Addressing the media at High Court Tuesday, one of his lawyers Freeman Chingono said Ngadziore developed hearing problems.

“We appeared in court in the matter between Ngadziore versus the state. It was a bail application. We made our submissions and Judgement has been reserved.

“He is feeling well despite having hearing problems,” Chingono said.

Meanwhile, Ngadziore was arrested three weeks ago while giving a press statement near Impala Car Rental offices where he was also demanding to know the company’s role in State-related abduction of the dissent.

This comes after, Tawanda Muchehiwa, a trainee journalist and a nephew to Zimlive editor Mduduzi Mathuthu was abducted a day before the foiled #31 July anti-corruption national protests by suspected security agents in Bulawayo’s central business district.

CCTV footage has since revealed that the abductors used a vehicle hired from the company.

Muchehiwa said the abductors demanded to know where his nephew, the ZimLive editor Mduduzi Mathuthu was hence they held for three days at an unknown location and was subjected to gruesome torture before he was dumped close to his home after a High Court judge had ordered his release within 72 hours.

They accused Mathuthu of possessing guns to be used during the demonstration although they found nothing when they searched his house.

But observers have since argued that it was because Mathuthu played a crucial role in exposing corruption allegations implicating President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his family in the US$60m Drax Covidgate scandal and the State wanted to know his source of information.



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