By Anna Chibamu
#Tajamuka/Sesjikile leader Promise Mkhwananzi was freed on $50 bail Saturday after spending a night in a police detention cell following his dramatic arrest soon after addressing the media Friday.
Mkhwananzi was charged with committing public violence during the ill-fated August 1 demonstrations by opposition supporters against alleged rigging by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
He is being represented in the matter by Kossam Ncube of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
The firebrand pro-democracy activist was ordered to report once a week at Criminal Investigations Department Law and Order Section at Harare Central Police Station and not to interfere with witnesses and to continue residing at his given residential address until the matter is finalised.
On his release, Mkhwananzi vowed to continue fighting for social justice in Zimbabwe.
“Friends, I have finally been granted bail in what was a totally unnecessary arrest, not to mention the overnight detention and the ridiculous charge,” he said in a social media statement.
“We are not going to stop to fight for social justice, economic freedom and political emancipation using peaceful and non-violent methods.”
Mkhwwanzi accused the Zanu PF led government of attempts criminalise “our struggle” but vowed that will not put down his resolve.
“I know Zanu PF will use the same old tactics to try and criminalise our struggle and our cause.
“They will say we are looking for relevance we are looking for western allies, we are inciting public violence, we are committing treason etc.
“All of this will not deter us now, or ever, it is a standing resolve to fight and achieve the objectives we have set.”
He added, “We cannot sit as citizens and allow Zanu PF to behave in the way it is behaving. We have to mobilise, organise and establish standing structures of agitation in every corner of our country.
“Our citizens must not allow themselves to be divided or intimidated by the minority.
“We have to be steadfast, vigilant and forward moving.”
The #Tajamuka/Sesijikile pressure group emerged during former President Robert Mugabe’s rule, taking the state by surprise through impromptu demonstrations while demanding a more accountable leadership from government.