Harare : A Zimbabwe High Court Judge has freed jailed outspoken chief and government critic Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni on ZWL$500 (USD50) bail for destroying property worth ZWL$300 (USD30) belonging to his subject.
Ndiweni was serving an 18 month jail term, while his co-accused 23 other villagers were given a community sentence by a lower court.
Justice Thompson Mabhikwa granted Ndiweni bail pending appeal to Jail sentence. He was represented by MDC vice president and lawyer Welshman Ncube and Dumisani Dube.
Ndiweni’s bail conditions:
- He resides at his homestead at Ntabazinduna
- He reports at the Ntabazinduna Police station once every week on Fridays
- No condition attached to his travel documents.
The opposition MDC welcomed the courts decision saying “Chief Ndiweni should not have been arrested in the first place” .
“The charges against him are politically motivated and have no legal justification whatsoever, ” charged MDC spokesperson Daniel Molokele.
Ndiweni is an outspoken government critic, and like the opposition MDC accuses President Emmerson Mnangagwa of rigging his way to victory in the 2018 harmonized elections.
Government has hit back challenging the chief to join the political terrain accusing him of being an opposition activist.