Bail application for 29 MDC members set for Thursday
By Tichaona Sibanda
A fresh bail application for the 29 MDC members facing charges of public
violence and murdering a police officer will be heard in the High Court on
All 29 members are in remand prison after they were indicted for trial three
weeks ago. The trial however failed to kick off on Monday after the defence
lawyers said they needed more time to get instructions from their clients.
The MDC-T members are accused of murdering police inspector, Petros Mutedza.
The group denies any involvement in the murder, saying the cop was fatally
assaulted by patrons at a Glen View bar who were discussing football.
In a statement the MDC-T said these papers have to be filed with the Court
first before the trial can begin. Thursday’s bail hearing is before Justice
Some of the accused have been in remand prison for nearly 10 months now
after the courts denied them bail several times claiming they were a flight
risk. Seven of them were released a month ago, and had only tasted freedom
for just two weeks before they were taken into custody again.
The MDC-T group comprises Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly
chairperson, Last Maengahama, a National Executive Committee member,
Councillor Oddrey Sydney Chirombe of Ward 33, Budiriro, Councillor
Tungamirai Madzokere of Ward 32, Glen View, Cynthia Manjoro, Lloyd Chitanda,
Stanford Mangwiro, Edwin Muingiri, Francis Vambai and Tendai Chinyama.
Others are Jefias Moyo, Abina Rutsito, Gabriel Shumba, Stephen Takaedzwa,
Linda Madyamhanje, Tafadzwa Billiard, Simon Mudimu, Dube Zwelibanzi, Simon
Mapanzure, Augustine Tengenyika and Gapara Nyamadzawo. The rest of the group
includes Paul Rukanda, Lazarus and Stanford Maengahama, Kerina Dewa, Memory
Ncube, Rebecca Mafukeni, Yvonne Musarurwa and Phineas Nhatarikwa
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