MLF Leaders Fail To Raise Bail Money

Justice Nicholas Ndou ordered the release of the two secessionist leaders but by Friday their families and friends were still struggling to raise the $4 000 for the two men.The judge set bail at $2 000 for each accused person but the other accused, Paul Siwela will remain in custody after the judge said he had another pending case.

Siwela,s case will now be heard by the Supreme Court.The state argued that Siwela circulated a controversial document Ref -Regional Court CRB No 71-2/04 and High Court Bulawayo No 3373/04 wherein he was advocating for the creation of the ‘province of Matabeleland’ by the Ndebele-speaking people fighting with spears and arrows against the government and the Shona-speaking people. That it is not in the interest of justice and the state security to admit them to bail.

However, lawyers for the three, Sindiso Mazibisa, Robert Ndlovu, Matshobana Ncube and Advocate Lucas Nkomo shot down assertions by state lawyers and said the ground for seeking leave to appeal was devoid of merit and there were no reasonable prospects of success on appeal.According to MLF Legal Affairs spokesman, Sabelo Ngwenya the money to pay Gazi and Thomas bail was raised on Friday and was immediately sent to Bulawayo.Ngwenya told Radio Vop that the money was raised by “ Mthwakazians ” in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Botswana.