TRANSFORM Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume and freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono will have to spend more time in prison after the High Court on Thursday deferred their bail hearings.
Ngarivhume’s bail appeal was postponed to Monday to allow the State to file a response to his bail application.
Chin’ono will spend the weekend in jail after the High Court postponed his bail appeal hearing to Monday.
In court, Hopewell’s lawyers insisted that the bail appeal hearing be heard Friday as his liberty is fundamental.
However, the State argued that it be postponed to Monday as it undertakes to file its response by close of business on Friday.
Chino’no and Ngarivhume are facing charges of inciting people to overthrow President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government through unconstitutional means.
Both deny the allegations.
It is the State’s case that a Chin’ono, allegedly posted various messages on his Twitter account using the handle @daddyhope during the period between 1 March 2020 to 20 July 2020 calling upon Zimbabweans across the country to engage in acts of public violence against the government on 31 July 2020.
Prosecutors charged that by posting such messages Chin’ono intended to disturb the peace, security or order of the public.
Ngarivhume was arrested on Monday 20 July 2020 and faces similar charges as Chin’ono of inciting Zimbabweans to revolt against President Mnangagwa.