THE 14 opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activists arrested over violence in Nyatsime have been granted bail by the High Court.
Justice Munamato Mutevedzi granted them conditional release from custody at ZW$50,000 each
Ali went missing for three weeks before being found murdered and her body mutilated on 11 June 2022.
Last week Sithole was granted bail after spending 149 days in jail, however co-accused Job Sikhala remains behind bars and his trial starts today.
Of the 16 arrested in connection with the June Nyatsime violence, only Sikhala remains caged.
The release of the Nyatsime residents coincides with the visit by the Commonwealth who are in the country to assess Zimbabwe’s suitability to be re-admitted into the bloc.
CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said there was nothing to celebrate as bail is a constitutional right.
“We breathe a sigh of relief, but we do not celebrate. They should never have been jailed without trial in the first place. Bail is a constitutional right,” Mahere posted on twitter.
CCC leader Nelson Chamisa also demanded for the immediate release of Sikhala.
“Good news bail granted! Finally, the Nyatsime 14 have been granted bail. Now honourable Job Sikhala must be granted bail. Thanks to advocate Thabani Mpofu for representing our citizens’ heroes. Glory be to God!” Chamisa said.
— Fadzayi Mahere (@advocatemahere) November 15, 2022
GOOD NEWS…BAIL GRANTED! Finally the #Nyatsime14 have been granted bail. Now Hon @JobSikhala1 must be granted bail. Thanks to @adv_fulcrum for representing our citizens heroes. Glory be to God! pic.twitter.com/QX7tSVJHn8
— nelson chamisa (@nelsonchamisa) November 15, 2022