Activist Haruzivishe issued with arrest warrant for skipping trial

HARARE – Harare magistrate Taurai Manuwere has issued a warrant of arrest against Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist Makomborero Haruzivishe for failing to attend court Tuesday.

Haruzuvishe is accused of breaching Covid-19 regulations through taking part an anti-government protest during the country’s lockdown period.

Trial failed to proceed Tuesday after the firebrand activist did not attend.

Haruzivishe is jointly charged with CCC legislator Joana Mamombe and fellow activists Cecilia Chimbiri, Stanley Manyenga and Lovejoy Chitengu.

They were remanded to September 16.

His lawyer Alec Muchadehama said he will make an effort to locate his client.

“We agree to the postponement your worship,” he said.

“The date is by consent of your worship and this will give us time to track the whereabouts of the accused. We are also not aware of his whereabouts,” said the lawyer.

Haruzivishe is faces a slew of charges.

Apart from his alleged breaching of Covid-19 regulations, the activist faces kidnapping charges with an alternative charge of participating in a gathering with intent to promote public violence.

He is accused of chain locking employees of Impala Car Rental inside their shop in central Harare while protesting the arrest of student leader Takudzwa Ngadziore.

The activist has spent 10 months in jail before, after defaulting court and also got convicted for resisting law officers.

He was granted bail earlier this year by the High Court following a successful appeal.

In the case for which he was supposed to appear in court Tuesday, Haruzivishe is accused of staging an anti-government protest during a government declared lockdown.

The group was in Harare’s Warren Park suburb back in 2020 and later released on bail.

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