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Mutodi granted bail

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Zanu PF activist and musician, Energy Mutodi, who is facing charges of criminally undermining President Robert Mugabe’s authority in a Facebook post, yesterday breathed a sigh of relief after High Court judge, Justice Felistas Chatukuta upheld his appeal and granted him $100 bail.

BY CHARLES LAITON

As part of his bail conditions, Mutodi (39), who had been languishing in remand prison since his arrest two weeks ago, was ordered to report once every Friday at CID Law and Order in Harare.

In her determination after submission by Mutodi’s lawyer, Taona Nyamakura, Justice Chatukuta said there was no point in allowing the State to also make submissions, since it had failed to file a meaningful response to Mutodi’s appeal.

Last week, Mutodi filed an affidavit defending his Facebook post, claiming the social media post was based on his constitutional right to freedom of expression.

He is also being charged with causing disaffection among members of the defence forces.

But, in his affidavit filed alongside his appeal, Mutodi said his commentary on Facebook was based on Mugabe’s speech and did not warrant any criminal charges to be laid against him.

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