Mthwakazi Liberation Leaders Re-arrested

The state alleges the trio some time last year distributed flyers calling upon members of the public and security forces to turn against the Government and join Mthwakazi Republic, a state which they allegedly want to establish after secession from the rest of the country.

Siwela and Thomas were out of custody on $2 000 bail while Gazi is serving a 10 months jail term for a fraud involving a building in the city.

Siwela’s wife confirmed that her husband and Thomas had been taken in by the state.

“They had gone for remand hearing and were to be indicted. It was said, by the state, they are now supposed to be in custody. As I speak to you right now, they are being held at the cells in the magistrate’s courts and will be taken to Khami Prison later,” she said on Thursday.

The trio appeared before Tawanda Muchemwa.

“You are to be indicted in the High Court of Zimbabwe sitting at Harare on February 7, 2012,” Muchemwa ruled.

When the three were asked if they were against the indictment, they all consented.

Court officials said, Siwela and Thomas’ locking up means the $2 000 bails which they previously paid no longer apply and were to apply to the High Court for bail again.

Gazi, Thomas and Siwela have not been asked to plead to the treason charge 11 months since the treason case opened at the Bulawayo magistrate courts.

Lawyer Sindiso Shepherd Mazibisa of Cheda and partners is representing the trio.