Harare – Harare West MP Joana Mamombe has been placed on remand and told to apply for bail at the High Court after he bid to be freed on technicality collapsed.
Mamombe through her lawyer, Obey Shava had made an application for refusal of placement on remand on the basis that she had not been informed of her charges during her arrest and that she had been detained for over 48 hours.
But Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa ruled her bid offside saying it was impossible for Mamombe to argue that she had not been informed of her charges as she claimed as she had been arrested while on parliamentary work hence the speaker of the national Assembly had to be informed of her charge before she could be excused.
The magistrate ruled that the 48 hour grace period for detaining an accused person as stipulated by law in the constitution lapsed after she had been released from the custody of the police and handed over to the courts but the court could not however stand down all the matters it had been dealing with to attend to her as all litigants have a right to be saved as well.
Mamombe who is facing charges of subverting a constitutionally elected government was placed on remand until March 19 in custody with advice to approach the High Court bail.
She is accused of subverting a constitutionally elected government through a press conference she held in her constituency.