Opposition youth leader’s trial date set

Geraldine Zaranyika Herald Reporter
Harare magistrate Mrs Learnmore Mapiye has set October 30 as trial date of MDC youth assembly secretary-general Gift Ostallos Siziba, who is facing charges of inciting public violence.

When he initially appeared in court the State did not oppose bail, he was granted $1 000 bail coupled with stringent conditions.

His bail conditions included reporting to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Law and Order three times a week, not to interfere with investigations and witnesses and reside at his given address.

Siziba was banned from addressing any political gatherings until finalisation of the matter.

Allegations are that on July 7, Siziba attended an MDC rally at a community hall in Glen Norah which was attended by about 4 500 people.

While addressing the gathering, the State alleges that Siziba incited the party supporters to engage in acts of public violence during an anticipated demonstration in the country.

It is the State’s case that Siziba incited the MDC youths to engage in public violence by burning tyres, placing stones and boulders on the roads thereby disturbing peace, security and public order.

The court also heard that Siziba allegedly stated that youths were not intimidated by the Zanu-PF Government and are ready to remove it from power.

He also allegedly said the youths would not be deterred by threats of arrest as their own houses were already prisons, adding that youths do not fear death as scores die every.

The State alleges the utterances were meant to incite members of the public to engage in acts of violence against the Government.

Source :

The Herald

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