Seven MDC-T Activists Freed At Last

Justice Malaba on Friday granted bail to MDC-T Glenview ward 32 councillor Tungamirai  Madzokere and other party supporters Rebecca Mafikeni, Yvonne Musarurwa, Lazarus Maengahama, Stanford Maengahama, Stanford Mangwiro and Phineas Nhatarikwa after their lawyer, Charles Kwaramba of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners, who is a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) took their freedom bid to the Supreme Court.

Justice Malaba asked Madzokere to deposit US$1 000 in bail money while the rest of the former opposition party supporters were asked to pay US$500 and to report three times a week to the police.

The Judge ordered those with travelling documents to surrender them as part of their stringent bail conditions.

The seven Glenview residents who are expected to walk out of prison walls on Monday after the late processing of their warrants of liberation have been wallowing in prison since their arrest in May last year for allegedly murdering Mutedza.

Their first bid for bail was dismissed by Justice Tendai Uchena, who in July threw out their bail application after ruling that they could flee from the country.

Meanwhile, lawyers representing Movement for Democratic Change Youth Assembly chairperson, Solomon Madzore on Monday filed a notice of appeal against the refusal to grant him bail by High Court Judge Justice Hlekani Mwayera.

In the application which was filed after Justice Mwayera granted them leave to appeal last Friday, Madzore’s lawyers Gift Mtisi and Selby Hwacha, who are ZLHR members argued that the high court judge erred in vetoing the youth leader’s first bail bid last year.

The lawyers say there was no sufficient evidence showing that Madzore had an inclination to abscond if admitted to bail as stated by Justice Mwayera when she denied him bail last year.

“The court-a-quo grossly misdirected itself by making findings which were not supported by the facts and evidence placed before the court,” reads part of the application. Madzore was arrested in October and charged with murdering Inspector Mutedza.