By A Correspondent- The trial of five MDC-Alliance members, who were arrested last year for allegedly staging an illegal demonstration in Warren Park, Harare, opened yesterday after the State succeeded in applying for separation of trials with that of two other members.
Netsai Marova and Obey Sithole were issued with arrest warrants after they failed to avail themselves to court, and the State wants them tried separately upon their arrest.
The trial of Joana Mamombe, Stanley Manyenga, Cecilia Chimbiri, Lovejoy Chitengu and Makomborore Haruzishe opened at the Harare Magistrates Court where they indicated that they wanted to make an application for exception to the charges before they plead.
They are all charged with participating in a gathering to promote public violence with an alternative charge of violating the Covid-19 national lockdown regulations.
Mamombe and her accomplices, through lawyer Mr Alec Muchadehama, told the court that they intend to make written submissions in their application for exception to the charge.