By Tichaona Sibanda
20 February 2013
High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, on Wednesday denied bail to five MDC-T activists standing trial for the murder of a police officer in Harare two years ago.
Defence lawyer Charles Kwaramba told SW Radio Africa that the judge ruled once again that the five activists; Last Maengahama, Tungamirai Madzokere, Simon Mapanzure, Yvonne Musarurwa and Rebecca Mafukeni, were a flight risk.
The five are part of the 29 MDC-T members who are facing charges of murdering police inspector Petros Mutedza in Glen View in May 2011. The MDC-T has dismissed the charges as ‘trumped-up’. The activists have been held in remand prison since their arrests in 2011.
Their other colleagues, who include the party’s Youth Assembly President Solomon Madzore, were granted bail by the High Court last year. Kwaramba said they were now looking at lodging an appeal with the Supreme Court to look at the plight of their clients.