munyaradzi-gwisai.jpgFormer MDC legislator, Munyaradzi Gwisai and five others, who were convicted of conspiracy to commit public violence, have been fined US$500 each and will also perform 420 hours of community service.

Magistrate, Kudakwashe Jarabini initially sentenced the six to three years in prison.

However, two years were suspended on condition that the six convicted persons do not commit a similar offence in the next five years.

If Gwisai and his accomplices commit a similar offence within the stipulated period, the two years which have been suspended will be effected without option of a fine.

Magistrate Jarabini further suspended another year on condition that they perform 420 hours of community service.

Gwisai and Antonetor Choto have been asked to perform the community service at Haig Park Primary School in Mabelreign while Tatenda Mombeyarara is expected to perform his unpaid duties at Zengeza 4 High School.

Edson Chakuma has been asked to go to Warren Park Primary School, while Queensdale Primary School will enjoy the services of Hopewell Gumbo.

Welcome Zimuto will perform the community service at Chinhoyi Hospital.

Soon after the sentence was passed, the defence represented by Mr Aleck Muchadehama indicated that they are going to appeal against both conviction and sentence.

Mr Muchadehama further made an application to have his clients given up to the 30th of this month to pay the US$500 fine.

The defence further filed a notice of their intention to make an application for the suspension of the community service, pending outcome on their appeal against both conviction and sentence.

The state represented by Mr Michael Reza told the court that he needs time to prepare a response to the applications made by the defence council.