Application for stay of community service granted:

High Court Judge Justice Nicholas Mathonsi has granted Welcome Zimuto and five civic society activists Munyaradzi Gwisai, Hopewell Gumbo, Antoneta Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara and Edson Chakuma their appeal for stay of community service this morning.

Munyaradzi Gwisai
Munyaradzi Gwisai

After Magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini found the six guilty on charges of Conspiracy to commit public violence as defined in section 188 as read with section 36 of the Criminal Law (codification and Reform) Act [Chapter 9:23] on the 19th of March, the six were sentenced to twenty-four months in custody of which twelve months were suspended for five years on condition that they don’t commit a similar offence.

The other twelve months were suspended on condition that they pay a US$500 fine and perform four hundred and twenty hours of community service at their nearest government institution. They made an appeal to suspend community service whilst waiting for the High Court to hear their appeal against both conviction and sentence.

The appeal has been granted after the six had already started their community service and had served two weekends after Mr. Jarabini had ruled that community service should continue as he deemed their high court appeal to have no merit and chance of success.

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