By Blessing Masakadza
TEN people, who were part of the 36 arrested last Friday at a gathering led by clerics in the capital for the launch of an all-inclusive dialogue initiative, were on Saturday freed on $5 000 bail each.
Police blocked the launch of the initiative dubbed the “Zimbabwe we want”.
Tariro Hope Mukanga, Henry Mutasa, Fuzwayo Mbuso, Felix Nyika, Melusi Nyathi, Edith Gurupira, Irene Guzwa, Patrick Nyaruni, Loice Dube and Henrieta Shoko were not asked to plead to the charge of disorderly conduct when they appeared before Harare magistrate Yeukai Dzuda.
They were remanded out of custody to June 24.
It is the State’s case that on June 10, the 10 joined others and went to gather at a building in city centre as church congregants intending to engage in a peaceful demonstration.
It is alleged that they started to conduct themselves in a disorderly manner, shouting that they did not like the situation in the country and wanted to pray for the nation.
Allegations are that they were disturbing peace in the process, resulting in their arrest.
Part of the 36 paid fines at the police station and were released.
Moses Mapanga appeared for the State.