Godfrey Chimombe, MDC Mashonaland Central provincial chairperson was today granted a US$200 bail at the Bindura Magistrate’s Court on charges of undermining the authority of the President, according to the MDC Information Department.
Chairman Chimombe who is also the Mashonaland Central Joint Monitoring and Co-ordinating Committee (Jomic) chairperson was arrested on Wednesday in Bindura on allegations that he insulted Mai Mujuru at an MDC rally held at Nyakatondo Business Centre in Mt Darwin North.
The allegation was that he claimed that Mai Mujuru killed her husband, General Solomon Mujuru.
It is not clear which legislation was used to arrest the provincial chairman, as Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 refers to the President and not the Vice President.
The rally, attended by the senior MDC national leadership and hundreds of MDC members, was held two weeks ago. General Mujuru died in a mysterious fire in Beatrice last year and Mai Mujuru raised eye-brows when she at first quickly accepted that the Generald had died in an accidental fire..
Chairman Chimombe is due to appear in court again on 10 August.
Meanwhile, Mutare Senator, Hon. Keresensia Chabuka and six other MDC members who are facing false charges of public violence were yesterday remanded to 1 August when the trial is expected to kick-off at the Mutare Magistrates’ Court.
The State is alleging that Senator Chabuka teamed up with other MDC members and started assaulting members of the public. However, on the day in question the accused MDC members where holding a provincial meeting at the MDC Manicaland offices.
They are on remand on US$50 bail each.