MDC Exonerates Madzore From Evading Police Arrest In Fresh Freedom Bid

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDCT spokesperson on Wednesday took the extraordinary step of filing an affidavit in court seeking to prove that Madzore did not hide from the police since the alleged murder of Mutedza.

In his response to Madzore’s fresh bail application, Edmore Nyazamba of the Attorney General’s Office had opposed the granting of bail arguing that the MDC youth leader had been on the run after the alleged murder of Inspector Mutedza and hence the police had failed to arrest him.

But in his affidavit which forms part of Madzore’s new submissions, Mwonzora exonerated his party’s youth leader for skirting arrest stating that after the alleged commission of the offence, Madzore appeared with him and other party leaders in a number of public meetings where they interacted with the police such that if they wanted to arrest him they could have done so with ease.

The MDC-T spokesperson said Madzore, who was arrested early last month attended MDC rallies in July and September which were sanctioned by the police, who maintained a heavy presence and at which he even addressed party supporters.

Mwonzora said at all gatherings the police, who now claim that Madzore was on the run after the alleged murder of Inspector Mutedza, did not take any action to suggest that they were hunting for the MDC-T youth chairperson in connection with the murder of a police officer.

Justice Maria Zimba Dube on Wednesday postponed the bail hearing to next Wednesday to allow Nyazamba to solicit responses from the police to the new affidavit and the recorded video footage and to allow Mtisi to file a supplementary affidavit.

The High Court is also expected to watch a video footage recorded at the MDC party’s 12th anniversary celebrations held at Gwanzura Stadium last month, where Madzore addressed more than 20 000 party supporters as evidence to prove that the MDC youth leader was never on the run and on the police wanted person list.

Madzore’s lawyer Gift Mtisi of Musendekwa and Mtisi Legal Practitioners recently filed the fresh bail application citing changed circumstances after Justice Hlekani Mwayera dismissed Madzore’s first bail application last month. Justice Mwayera ruled that the MDC-T youth leader was a flight risk.