By A Correspondent- Informal traders arrested in Chitungwiza breathed a sigh of relief after a Chitungwiza magistrate quashed their charges arguing that the charges were defective, embarassing and did not warrant that any offence was committed.
Said the vendors’ lawyer Job Sikhala:
“After an application to quash the charges, it is true that the above informal traders who were in police cells since Thursday were freed after the Court upheld our application that the charge is defective, embarrassing and does not disclose any offenses.
There is happiness galore by the informal traders who were in police cells since Thursday up to today.
The Court refused to put them on remand instead freeing them.”
The vendors were represented by Sikhala after the intervention of Dewa Mavhinga of Human Rights Watch, who pleaded with Sikhala to represent the poor vendors who were under siege.