Evan Mawarire in bid to refuse remand

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Harare – This#Flag leader Evan Mawarire has put the State on notice as he intends to make an application of refusal of further remand if they do not issue a trial date for him on his next appearance.

Mawarire was arrested in January following the violence that rocked Harare and some cities during demonstrations against fuel price hikes. He is facing allegations of subverting a constitutionally elected Government or alternatively inciting public violence.

Mawarire through his lawyers indicated that he will make an application and if it is granted the State will have to proceed by way of summons.

Regional magistrate Ms Lucy Mungwari is presiding over the matter.

The State alleges that on January 14, Mawarire in connivance with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Peter Mutasa, recorded and published a video for the Zimbabwean populace which went viral on social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook, which have a world coverage.

Meanwhile, Peter Mutasa together with his other alleged accomplices in a similar matter has been remanded to February 18.

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