Hopewell Chin’ono granted bail
Award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has finally been granted bail by the High Court.
Chin’ono was granted Z$10 000 bail by the High Court.
This was Chin’ono’s fourth attempt at securing bail.
He was ordered not to post messages on social media and to report at the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) two times a week until finalisation of his matter.
In granting bail, the judge said that the passing of 31 July is indeed a new fact as argued by Hopewell’s legal team.
He added that the applicant’s health is also a fact to be taken into consideration in considering bail.
Chin’ono’s lawyers had announced that the journalist was not feeling well and had asked for medical attention. According to Hopewell, some of his symptoms included fever, headache and, distorted taste.
However, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services issued a statement dismissing reports that the prominent journalist was ill.
Before Wednesday’s bail appeal ruling, Chin’ono had been in prison since July 20, 2020, and has been denied bail multiple times.
He is facing charges of inciting violence in the run-up to the protests which were planned for July 31.
In related news, Chin’ono’s co-accused Transformer Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume was also granted bail on Wednesday by High Court judge, Justice Siyabona Msithu.
Ngarivhume was granted $50,000 bail.
He was ordered to surrender his passport, not to use his twitter handle, and to report to the police three times every week.
This was also Ngarivhume’s fourth attempt at securing bail.
The ruling was expected either Monday or Tuesday this week but Msithu postponed the ruling to today further prolonging Ngarivhume’s time in detention since his arrest on 20 July ahead of a planned anti-corruption protest.
Ngarivhume is also facing inciting public violence charges.