Three more protestors caged

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Three Domboshava youths have been slapped with four-year jail terms each following the violent demonstrations that rocked the country last month.

The trio, Kinos Muchadumbwe (21), Artwell Chaola (26) and Kudakwashe Chaola (26) were each sentenced to an effective three-year-jail terms after Harare Magistrate Edwin Marecha suspended a year from each of their sentences on condition of good behavior.

The State led by Caroline Mutimusakwa implored the court to give the trio a stiffer penalty as a way of setting an example for whoever might consider engaging in public violence which restricts the movement of general citizens who choose not to take part in demonstration.

Yield of Love Trust (YOLT) founder and projects director Stanford Gezi blasted the arrests stating that the accused were engaged in a peaceful demonstration and exercising their democratic rights.

“These arrests are politically motivated , it is clear that these youths were simply exercising their democratic rights and these arbitrary arrests must stop,” said Gezi.

Gezi is outspoken in issues to deal with inmates and he has always been at loggerheads with authorities and had to at one time flee the country to Zambia.

On January 16, at around 1100 hours, the trio together with others who were demonstrating were seen participating in a demonstration at Mverechena Business Center. The two Chaola brothers were seen burning tires and barricading the road with other protestors. The trio was later seen blocking the road with boulders which they used to extort money from motorists to allow them passage. 

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