Two MDC Alliance councillors and three other party members were sentenced to four months in prison for participating in a protest against President Emmerson Mnangagwa in March this year.
The councillors are Melody Chingarande and Washington Moyo while the activists are the Midlands South provincial youth chairperson, Sekai Marashe, Leonard Musemwa and Rodrick Nyamushosho.
However, another party activist, Lovemore Savanhu was acquitted at the close of trial due to lack of evidence.
Kwekwe Magistrate Florence Nago convicted five after a full trial and sentenced them to four months in prison each before suspending two months.
The magistrate later gave them the option to pay a fine of $20 000 each.
The development was confirmed to NewZimbabwe by the activists’ lawyer Reginald Chidawanyika. He said:
They were supposed to hand over judgment in the matter last week but the magistrate said judgment was not ready. The magistrate has given them an option of paying a fine of $20 000 each.
They were facing charges of participating in an unsanctioned demonstration where they denounced Mnangagwa’s rule.