#this­gown pro­test­ers’ trial date set

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

THREE Harare men who staged a demon­stra­tion in the city cen­tre early this month wear­ing grad­u­a­tion gowns have ap­peared in court on al­le­ga­tions of hit­ting a po­lice of­fi­cer with a brick be­fore tak­ing away his shoes.

Ti­nashe Welling­ton Macharika (33), Aleck Nakomo (21) and Chaponda Ndlovu (36) are fac­ing charges of as­sault or re­sist­ing ar­rest. Their trial date was set for Au­gust 16.

The trio ap­peared be­fore Harare mag­is­trate Ms Jessie Kufa last Fri­day and were each granted $50 bail. They are rep­re­sented by their lawyer Mr Jeremiah Bhamu. Pros­e­cu­tor Mr Se­bas­tian Mu­tizirwa al­leged that on Au­gust 3 this year, around 2PM, at the in­ter­sec­tion of Nel­son Man­dela Av­enue and Angwa Street in Harare, the trio was part of a group of demon­stra­tors.

The group was al­legedly dis­persed by the po­lice, and the trio started chas­ing one po­lice of­fi­cer, Charles Ne­mazvuru.

Macharika tried to trip the po­lice of­fi­cer to the ground, and Nakomo threw a brick at him but missed.

It is al­leged that Ndlovu threw an­other brick at the po­lice of­fi­cer and hit him on the back.

He fell down and Macharika took off the po­lice of­fi­cer’s brown shoes.

The court heard that po­lice of­fi­cer crawled to a nearby phar­macy to seek refuge, and he was res­cued by Austin Chipere, who went on to re­cover the shoes from the ac­cused.

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