Glen View MDC-T activists detained for 6 months
By Tererai Karimakwenda
A group of six MDC-T activists, accused of murdering a police officer in
Glen View, have been in police detention for six months now, despite
documented evidence that many were not even at the scene when Mutedza died.
A total of 28MDC-T supporters were arrested back in May, after Mutedza died
during a brawl at a local Glen View pub. Witnesses said he was killed by
unknown revelers, but the police claimed he was killed byMDCsupporters who
held a meeting there.
The majority were granted bail by the High Court and released, except for
the 6 who are still in remand prison. That group was denied bail by the High
Court, who claimed they were a flight risk.
The group still in detention includes Councillor Tungamirai Madzokere of
Glen View Ward 32, Lazarus Maengahama, Stanford Maengahama, Rebecca
Mafukeni, Yvonne Musarurwa, and Phineas Nhatarikwa.
The MDC-T Youth Assembly chairperson, Paul Madzore, was arrested months
after the murder and is also facing false murder charges in the Mutedza
It later emerged that the dead police officer was viewed as a thug by many
Glen View residents. Speaking on the SW Radio Africa programme Callback,
some residents said Mutedza was killed after an argument with vendors who
attacked him and a colleague he was travelling with.
They said the murdered police officer was notorious in the area for being
corrupt. Vendors, who did not want to be identified, accused the cop of
soliciting bribes and regularly helping himself to their wares. He became so
wealthy he was able to buy a fleet of kombis, which still operate inHarare.
Meanwhile theMDC-T continues to push for the release of the 6 activists
still in detention. The party has said the arrests are part of a plot by
ZANU PF to destabilize their structures.
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