MDC Alliance youth leader and MP-elect in court over violence; bailed $100

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By Staff Reporter

MDC Alliance youth leader Happymore Chidziva appeared before a Gweru court Tuesday charged with inciting party supporters to engage in public violence after the July 30 elections.

Chidziva, MP-elect for Highfield West constituency, had risked missing Wednesday’s swearing-in for Senators and MPs scheduled for Harare.

The activist presented himself at the Harare ZRP Law and Order division on Monday.

He was immediately arrested and taken to Gweru where he was granted $100 bail by provincial magistrate Charity Maphosa.

Prosecutors alleged that during a political rally held in July, Chidziva encouraged party supporters to protest against an unfavourable election outcome and to defend their vote if Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) rigs the election in favour of ZANU PF party.

He was represented by attorneys Jeremiah Bamu and Brian Dube of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).