DURBAN – Harvard University-educated Zimbabwean freelance journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono was granted bond on Wednesday, after he was arrested as well as put behind bars in July for allegedly prompting public violence.
On Wednesday, Zimbabwean advocate and member of the Movement for Autonomous Change (MDC) Partnership, Fadzayi Mahere, validated Chin’ono’s release on Twitter.
“Hopewell Chin’ono has been given bail. #ZimbabweanLivesMatter,” tweeted Mahere.
According to a Twitter message from the Zimbabwe Civil Rights Discussion Forum, “High Court court, Justice Terrence Chitapi has actually given RTGS 10 000 bond to Journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono”.
Both Chin’ono and also Transform Zimbabwe politician Jacob Ngarivhume were jailed on July 20 and also held at Chikurubi Optimum Security Jail, which is suggested for very terrible criminals, while waiting for court appearances.
They were both rejected bond 3 times.
Ngarivhume was released on ZWL 50,000 bail earlier in the day as well as, according to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum, “has actually been requested to surrender his key, not to use his tweeter deal with and to report to cops 3 times weekly”.
Chin’ono was instrumental in using his Twitter account to call out corrupt authorities within the Zimbabwean government, which led to complaints that his arrest, which of Ngarivhume, was politically encouraged.
Chin’ono’s subjecting corrupt politicians eventually caused the arrest and termination of the minister of wellness and also childcare, Dr Obediah Moyo.
On July 7, the principal assistant to the head of state and cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda confirmed Moyo’s dismissal.
“Please be advised that his Excellency President E.D. Mnangagwa has actually gotten rid of Dr Obediah Moyo from the office of Cabinet Minister with prompt result … for conduct inappropriate for a government Minister,” claimed Sibanda.
Moyo was purportedly associated with a Covid-19 purchase scandal to the tune of US$ 60-million, which additionally involved Mnangagwa’s boys Collins and also Sean.
Moyo is currently out on bond of ZW$ 50,000.