26 MDC-T activists to spend 2nd Christmas in custody

Cynthia Manjoro, was granted bail in early October. 26 other MDC-T activists still face murder charges

By Tichaona Sibanda
28 November 2012

Twenty-six of the 29 MDC-T activists who are facing murder charges after the death of a police officer in Glen View last May will spend another Christmas in custody, their second in a row.

The majority of the activists were picked up a few days after the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedza and have been incarcerated ever since, without convictions.

Defence lawyer Charles Kwaramba told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday the activists are likely to spend another Christmas behind bars as the courts close down for the festive season on Friday.

‘This case is far from over…the State still has about four witnesses they wish to call to testify including a medical doctor. When the State is done with its submissions our clients are entitled to apply for discharge and if the judge decides otherwise, they will be put to their defence.

‘This will mean calling more witnesses to give testimony on their behalf. Unfortunately for our clients this means spending another Christmas and New Year in custody,’ Kwaramba said.

The trial of the activists was postponed from Monday to Thursday and nothing much is expected from the bail hearing on Thursday, while the ongoing trial is expected to be postponed to early next year.

Two weeks ago, Youth Assembly chairman Solomon Madzore was granted a $500 bail by High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu. Also granted bail was Lovemore Taruvinga Magaya, while another activist Cynthia Manjoro, was granted bail in early October.

6 Responsesto “26 MDC-T activists to spend 2nd Christmas in custody”

  1. Tora Bora says:

    Kangaroo courts in Zim rule of law style.

  2. get me out of zim says:

    if you call this justified then you are on tablets or just a malicious scumbag.as long as there is no justice or rule of law in zimbobwe then it cannot be a sovereign cuntry.so zanu better wake up or like to replace the innocent in jail.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don`t worry , it will come to an end one day.

  4. Yepec says:

    Despite the Article referring the case as a “trial”, the real issue is that this is a detention of one’s political opponents – intimidation by the State.

  5. Common Sense says:

    One day these fools in the judiciary will pay

  6. KuraiMGT says:

    This kind of injustice is the one driving global violence and terrorism. if this continues, assasinations, terrorism, suicide bombing may not be far fetched events in the future