No joy for journalist-cum activist Hopewell Chin’ono

By Peter Chivhima
A Harare magistrate has rolled over the matter of Hopewell Chin’ono to the 14th of this month pending confirmation of his health status.
Chin’ono was back in court this Tuesday for routine remand in a case he is charged with inciting public violence.
Chin’ono’s defence counsel led by Advocate Taona Nyamakura complained that his client was brought to court against his will, claiming that he is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 and as such was not supposed to come to court.
The state led by Ms Tendai Shonhai argued that she only received information that Chin’ono refused to be examined by the state doctor stationed at Chikurubi Maximum Prison.
However, the court rolled over the matter to the 14th of this month waiting for confirmation of Chin’ono health status, saying the court should be formally informed by the state and not only by prison officials.
Chin’ono was arrested in July on allegations of inciting public violence to the flopped July 31 demonstrations.
In another court case, MDC Alliance National Vice Chairperson, Job Sikhala was back in court this Wednesday for bail hearing.
The matter began with Ms Beatrice Mtetwa taking to the witness stand to testify, saying she made all the arrangements to accompany Sikhala to the police if indeed they were looking for him.
Mtetwa also said she did this through a written letter to the police Law and Order Section.
However, the state led by Mr Garudzo Siyadun’a opposed Mtetwa’s claims, saying she never delivered the said letter to the police since it was not signed.
Zim Community News Editor, Mr Albert Masaka also testified and tried to exonerate Sikhala.
Sikhala was arrested last week on allegations of inciting public violence through illegal anti-government demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the Harare regional Magistrate Mr Ngoni Nduna has remanded Thomas Mabwe in custody to the 15th of this month.
Mabwe was arrested last week on allegations of fraud involving 78 thousand United States dollars in residential stands.
In opposing his bail application, the state told the court that there are high chances that if granted bail, the accused will interfere with the state witness.