Chipanga, Hamandishe remanded to January 30

Axed Zanu PF youth leaders Kudzai Chipanga and Innocent Hamandishe, who are being accused of making statements undermining public confidence in the military, were yesterday remanded to January 30 next year pending further investigations.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

The pair appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande, while represented by Lovemore Madhuku and Emmanuel Samundombe.

However, Madhuku has given the State notice that on the next remand, he will apply for bail conditions variations.

Chipanga was granted $500 bail with stringent conditions. As part of the conditions, he was ordered to report two times a day at Borrowdale Police Station, to surrender his passport, not to interfere with State witnesses and to reside at the given address.

Hamandishe and Chipanga are accused of causing “disaffection” among the police and defence forces. The allegations are premised on a Press conference the former Zanu PF youth league leaders held on November 14, where Hamandishe and Chipanga allegedly denigrated the then Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga.

Hamandishe also faces six counts of kidnapping. He and six others allegedly abducted six people from Chitungwiza, bundled them into several cars and assaulted them, accusing them of being part of the Gamatox, a faction allegedly aligned to former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who was unceremoniously sacked from both Zanu PF and government in December 2014.

Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.

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