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Just In: MDC Loyalist JapaJapa Freed on ZWL$1000 Bail

High Court Judge Justice Jacob Manzunzu has granted bail pending appeal of ZWL$1000 to opposition MDC activist, Paddington Japajapa after spending two months is detention following his conviction on charges of inciting public violence.

The freedom came after the MDC activist approached the High Court seeking bail pending appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Japajapa was recently sentenced to three years in prison on charges of inciting the public to commit political violence when he accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of rigging the 2018 harmonized elections in favor of Zanu PF.

Through his lawyer Gift Mtisi, the activist said Harare Magistrate Vongai Guuriro Muchuchuti erred in convicting and sentencing him.

He told court that allegations against him arose from a video but no YouTube expert was called to support that it was indeed him and if the video was not edited.

Japajapa is among the MDC members including Tendai Biti and Morgan Komichi who were arrested in connection with the July 2018 elections.

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