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National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (NAVUZ) Chairman Stan Zvorwadza and Director, Samuel Wadzai, together with 14 other vendors who were arrested on July 14, have been granted bail by the High Court.

The 16, who were arrested on allegations of assaulting Harare municipal police officers, were Thursday released on $50 bail each.

As part of the bail conditions, they have been ordered to surrender their passports, reside at given addresses and not interfere with state witnesses.

They have also been ordered to report to the police once every two weeks on Fridays between 6am to 6pm.

Initially, the 16 were denied bail by the magistrates court prompting their lawyer, Jeremiah Bhamu from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, to file a bail application with the High Court.

The State has been opposing their bail, arguing that the municipal operation was on-going and therefore there was likelihood that the accused persons would mobilise resistance to relocation of vendors to outside central Harare.

NAVUZ views the violent evictions of vendors from the streets, their harassment, arrests and confiscation of their goods as a sacrifice of livelihoods on the altar of cleanliness.

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