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High Court Ends ‘Civilian President’ Tinashe Jonasi’s 3 Week Detention

High Court Judge Justice Amy Tsanga has ended South African based leader of Ideal Zimbabwe party Tinashe Jonasi’s three week detention after granting him freedom on bail pending trial.

Jonasi, represented by Nontokozo Dube Tachiona of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights was granted $500 bail and ordered to report to his nearest police station twice a week.

Before his arrest, Jonasi made headlines after declaring that he would arrest  President Emerson Mnangagwa and his two deputies, Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi on 9 March 2019 for an assortment of charges.

However, the self-proclaimed “Civilian President of Zimbabwe”  chickened out and did not carry out his threat on the day but on 12 March he was then nabbed for undermining the authority of or insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa for allegedly slurring the ZANU PF party leader during a televised broadcast programme on a South African news channel.

In the statement which led to his arrest, Jonasi said that the three members of the presidium are criminals of murder and theft.
He also alleged that President Mnangagwa rigged the 2018 presidential elections like the way he ‘rigged into his adviser Christopher Mutsvangwa’s wife, Monica Mutsvangwa and had a child’.


Jonasi once caused social media stir after harassing a co-panelist on ANN7 Television channel who was wearing a ZANU PF and President Mnangagwa’s scarf saying it was contributing to Zimbabwe’s economy problems.

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Jonas was arrested on 12 March 2019 and has been remand prison before his bail application was granted today.

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