Mudenge funeral delays Glen View murder trial

Zimbabwe’s former Minister for Higher Education and veteran ZANU PF politician, Stan Mudenge

By Alex Bell
08 October 2012

The ongoing trial of 29 MDC-T members accused of murder has been postponed to Wednesday, after the Judge and state prosecutor both excused themselves to attend the funeral of the late Higher Education Minister Stan Mudenge.

Mudenge was buried at Heroes Acre on Monday, in a ceremony officiated by Robert Mugabe. Mudenge died last week Friday after collapsing in a Masvingo hotel. It is understood the 71 year old ZANU PF official died of heart failure.

Meanwhile the 29 activists, including MDC-T Youth leader Solomon Madzore, remain detained over the murder of Glen View policeman Petros Mutedza last May. The trial has dragged on with little evidence to implicate the 29 in Mutedza’s death at a local bar.

MDC-T Youth Assembly spokesperson Clifford Hlatshwayo told SW Radio Africa that there is still no word about the group’s pending bail ruling, after Judge Chinembiri Bhunu indefinitely reserved judgment on their release. The fresh bail application was launched last month with new evidence to show the 29 had nothing to do with Mutedza’s murder.

Their trial will now continue on Wednesday.

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