Harare West MP Joanah Mamombe To Remain Behind Bars

Harare West Member of Parliament, Joanah Mamombe is set to remain behind bars after Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa had trashed her application for an immediate release saying that she is illegally before the court in her ruling today.

Mamombe is facing a third schedule offence in which she is suppose to approach the High court for bail consideration.

She was remanded in custody to the 19th of March.

Mamombe was arrested on Saturday in Nyanga at Monte Claire Hotel while she was on parliamentary business.

In her application for an immediate release she had told the court that the police abducted her without even informing her the reason for her arrest even to introduce themselves.

She also had claimed that the police had ambushed her mother’s place of residents and emotionally abused her mother demanding to know where Mamombe was.

Magistrate Mugwagwa disputed all the allegations raised by Mamombe’s lawyer Obey Shava who told the court that if arresting officers gave her time to talk to speaker of parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda it means they considered her rights.

She also ruled that the 48 hour period had not yet lapsed because the police had removed her from their custody before 8am yesterday.

Mamombe is being accused of subverting a constitutional government, the same charges facing Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Chairperson Rashid Mahiya, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union President and Secretary General Peter Mutasa, Japhet Moyo and #Thisflag founder Evan Mawarire.

The charges arises from the January 14 to 16 national shutdown protests that turned violent when rioters destroyed and burnt down a police station, toll gate and countless shops in Harare, Bulawayo and other parts of the country.

The state is alleging that Mamombe addressed people in Harare encouraging the,m not to accept what the President Emerson Mnangagwa’s government is running the country.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicate that Kuwadzana East legislator and MDC Deputy Treasurer Charlton Hwende was arrested upon arrival at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

Hwende was in Namibia where he claims he was seeking medical attention.