By Court Reporter
High Court judge, Justice Tawanda Chitapi Wednesday granted Harare West MP Joanna Mamombe, and MDC Alliance deputy youth secretary Cecilia Chimbiri a $20 000 bail each with strict conditions.
As part of their bail conditions, Mamombe and Chimbiri were ordered not to address a gathering of more than 50 people until the matter is finalised.
The bail came after a series of applications which were denied with the courts were ruling them unrepentant.
Mamombe and Chimbiri are accused of breaching COVID-19 regulations when they addressed people outside Harare Magistrates court when they attended in solidarity with the convicted pro democracy campaigner, Makomborero Haruzivishe.
The accused persons were arrested in March.
Mamombe and Chimbiri have pending cases before the courts, together with Netsai Marowa who is out on bail.
They were first arrested for faking their abduction.
The duo was arrested at the beginning of March and charged with violating Covid-19 guidelines after addressing the press at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts.
Justice Chitapi said it was disheartening that as a lawmaker, Mamombe, was on the lead of breaking the same laws passed by Parliament.
“It remains a fact that their conduct stretches the court’s patience. As such bail will be granted in strict conditions,” said Justice Chitapi.
The judge said if a criminal offence was continuously repeated it would turn out to be a mockery of the justice delivery system adding bail was an entitlement and hoped the new freedom would give the two activists another chance to reform although their grounds of appeal were not convincing.
“However, my comment on the grounds of appeal is that they are generalised with no impact on their request. The appellants should have attacked the decision by the lower court to deny them bail.”