- MDC councillor is facing public violence charges
- Granted ZWL1 000 bail
MDC councillor for Mabelreign, Denford Ngadziore, on Thursday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts on allegations of participating in a gathering with the intention to enflame public violence.
Ngadziore, who was represented by Jeremiah Bamu, appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing charges of conniving with MDC youths at the Harvest House, located in central Harare, for a meeting which the State claims was meant to end in violent conduct.
On February 19, at around 5:30pm, MDC party youths reportedly gathered at the Harvest House for a meeting.
The gathering was supposed to be attended by all youthful Harare House of Assembly members, councillors, provincial and district youth leaders.
At about 5:55pm, the youths allegedlly started chanting slogans while running along Nelson Mandela, towards the Copacabana area.
They are said to have later gathered at corner Angwa Street and Nelson Mandela Avenue.
The youths were allegedly holding placards written “Respect our Constitution, ED must go”, among other messages.
The State also alleges the youths embarked on demonstrations without the required clearance by relevant authorities.
The police reaction squad allegedly immediately dispersed the gathering which, however, later regrouped at Copacabana Bus Terminal in the capital.
Police are said to have followed and used tear gas to disperse the youth but some of the demonstrators allegedly threw stones and missiles in retaliation.
The State claims that Ngadziore was part of the demonstration as proven by a video captured during the incident which is being held as exhibit.
Ngadziore was allowed ZWL1 000 bail.
He was remanded to March 9.