MDC Seeks Justice As High Court Opens

Harare, January 14, 2013 – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is expecting justice to prevail when the High Court session opens on Monday in the case of five party activists who were denied bail last year for allegedly taking part in killing a Harare cop.

The MDC Youth Assembly said in a statement:” The MDC family has hopes that justice will finally prevail as the High court re-opens.”

The case had been postponed to the new term after the state asked to seek clearance of one of the witnesses who is a Cuban National.

“Our hearts at the moment are with the five who were last year denied bail by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu on the grounds that they are flight risks, a claim which is baseless since these five were on bail before their indictment last year.”

The five were automatically forced to illegally spend the festive season behind bars.

For three of these, Glenview councilor Tungamirai Madzokere, Rebecca Mafikeni and Yvonne Musarurwa, it was their second Christmas in Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

The three together with the Youth Assembly President Solomon “Mandela” Madzore spend 2011’s most celebrated day on the land by the Christian community in illegal detention.

The Glen View 31 are falsely accused of murdering a police Inspector on May 29 2011 at a popular beer outlet in a high density suburb of Glenview.

Details from all witnesses testified before the court so far including that from chief investigating officer in the matter Ntini;the deceased’s brother and father continuously weaken the state’s case.

In giving bail to Madzore, Bhunu questioned the reason why he was arrested in the first place since there was no any sign of him being implicated or being seen anywhere near the crime scene.

“This clearly shows that this is a case of political persecution of the innocent cadres of the struggle for real transformation. The MDC Youth Assembly has been calling for their unconditional release since the accused persons are victims of conscience who deserve freedom.”

“The YA will continue doing activities to amplify their voice calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the remaining five: Tamai Last Maengahama, Rebecca Mafikeni, Tungamirai Madzokere, Simon Mapanzure and Yvonne Musarurwa.

“We know it is Zanu (PF), which is trying to disturb, disrupt, and divert attention of the MDC mobilisation engine, the Youth Assembly ahead of the make or break watershed elections which President Tsvangirai is going to win outright.

“Zanu (PF) is in a state of panic and confusion as they are approaching their end of 32 years period of serious looting, mis-governance and mass destruction of the country’s resources including humans. Dirty tactics have since become their last card,” noted the statement.