MDC National Organising Secretary, Amos Chibaya has been remanded in custody to the 26th of August after being charged with defying a police prohibition order by convening demonstrations in Harare last week.

The MDC Mkoba legislator will spend this weekend behind bars after a Harare magistrate remanded him to the 26th of this month.

Chibaya is facing charges of failing to comply with the police prohibition order to an MDC planned demonstration on Friday last week, in contravention of section 26 sub-section 11 of the Public Order and Security Act.

On 6 August, Chibaya notified Harare Central Police District of an intended public demonstration to be held in Harare Central Business District on 16 August in terms of section 25 of POSA.

However, on 15 August, Chibaya was served with a prohibition notice by Superintendent Billa Simbanechako.

On 16 August, Chibaya then allegedly convened a public demonstration in defiance of the prohibition notice and a High Court order issued on the same day.

In opposing Chibaya’s bail application in court this Friday, the state argued that the accused is likely to abscond considering the gravity of his offence, and that he has another case of subversion before a Gweru court.

Chibaya is being represented by Obey Shava who argued against the denial of bail for his client.

Meanwhile, the state has postponed the trial of former Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Prisca Mupfumira to the 6th of next month.

Mupfumira is currently on remand facing allegations of criminal abuse of office which involves US$95 million believed to have been siphoned from the National Social Security Authority (NSSA).