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Activists Patson Dzamara and Makomborero Haruzivishe were Thursday sentenced to 12 months imprisonment after being found guilty for obstructing the course of justice.

Prosecutors convinced court that the duo robbed two women in Harare’s Africa Unity Square sometime last year.

The women reportedly screamed during the robbery, drawing the attention of police officers stationed at Parliament building who rushed to the scene.

Court heard that Dzamara and his co-accused resisted arrest and went on grab police baton sticks and tcaps which never recovered.

Meanwhile, three months of duo's sentence wwere suspended on condition of good behaviour.

The remaining nine months were also set aside on condition they each perform 315 hours of community service, starting Monday.

Magistrate Josephine Sande presided over the case.

According to State papers, on June 9 2016, at around midnight, the two complainants disembarked from a commuter omnibus at Fourth Street bus terminus.

They passed through Africa Unity Square on their way to Copacabana bus terminus to get transport to Mufakose.

Dzamara and his accomplices allegedly confronted the complainants and snatched their handbags before searching them.

They allegedly stole three school uniforms, a red jersey, a pair of trousers, a jean skirt and a wallet containing $30.

The other complainant lost three school jerseys and one floral dress.

When the complainants screamed for help, three police officers, who were on duty near Parliament, rushed to the scene.

The accused persons resisted arrest and took away constable Nhidza’s cap and baton while dragging him to a silver Honda Fit along Jason Moyo Avenue.

Dzamara and his accomplices were later arrested and police recovered the stolen property, valued at $80.








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