By William Milasi
Anti roadblock protestors were finally granted bail today at Kwekwe magistrate court after the state has concluded its investigations into a demonstration that rocked the Midlands city last week.
The eight protestors appearing before resident magistrate Philemon Livard were last week denied reprieve after the state cited inconclusive investigations by the police into the case.
Represented by Liberty Mashanyare the eight have been released on $100 bail each and are set to appear back in court on 17 August 2017.
“We initially denied bail because the case was still under investigations. We want to tell this honourable court that police have concluded their investigations and the eight are now fit candidates for bail,” said Vincent Chimwenje who was representing the state.
Facing a public violence charge as defined in Section 36 (1) of Criminal Law Reform Codification Act, are Takudzwa Wellington Bushe (25), Aaron Muteesanwa (29), King Museranwa (25), AlafiosMunemo (26), Richard Mhanga (26), Progressive Magombedze (20), Witness Moyo (32), and Richard Mapfumo (21) all residing in Mbizo.
Two of the accused Wellington Bushe and Richard Manga have since indicated that they were assaulted by a number of police officers whose names they cannot recall but only managed to identify one Mai Guvira.
Meanwhile, four suspects who are connected with the demonstration are set to appear in court on 11 August after they were released on $100 bail.
The four who are charged of participating in a gathering with the intention of promoting public violence are Shingirai Mudzamiri, Anesu Mbirarume, Ngonidzashe Zimhondi and Brain Gondongwe
Police have since apprehended twelve suspects in connection with the demonstration.
The twelve are however facing separate charges.
Commuter Operators in Kwekwe last week took to the streets to demonstrate against the increased number of police roadblocks.
The demonstration which turned violent saw the protestors seeking refuge at the Zanu PF District Offices.