Prominent Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has been denied bail for the third time since his arrest last month on charge of inciting violence over anti-government protests.
The 49-year-old has been charged from his role in promoting opposition –organised demonstrations against corruption and a worsening economic crisis under President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
A government critic, Chin’ono in June had helped expose a multi-million-dollar corruption scandal involving the procurement of coronavirus related supplies that later led to the dismissal of the health Minister.
Chin’ono who was arrested from his house in the capital Harare, on July 20, denies the charges. His two bail applications were previously rejected.
Magistrate Ngoni Nduna threw Chin’ono’s defence team had not presented new facts in the latest application and that the anti-government protest feared by the government could still happen.