MDC members denied bail at the High Court
All the 29 MDC members who are facing false charges of murdering a police
officer in Glen View, Harare last year were today denied bail by Justice
Citing Section 117(6) of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, Justice
Bhunu said the 29 members had not shown any special circumstances to be
He blamed the legislators for putting in place the Act as it disadvantaged
those facing murder charges. He said the Act stipulates that if anyone
murders a police officer on duty the accused person cannot be granted bail
unless special circumstances are shown.
Justice Bhunu said the accused had a better chance for a fair trial in the
main trial than by appealing for bail. The accused have been in remand
prison since their indictment for trial in March. The have been denied bail
on several occasions and some of them have been in prison for over a year
Before delivering his ruling, Justice Bhunu attacked one of the defence
lawyers, Charles Kwaramba for commenting and blasting the judiciary about
the trial in the media.
In the article, Kwaramba is quoted saying; “It just goes to show that there
is no equal application of the law. This is a classical example. Here we
have police officers who are supposed to protect the people being accused of
murdering a civilian for a dollar.
“On the other hand we have 29 civilians who have been in prison for over a
year now, being accused of killing a cop. So far, there is no evidence that
points at them, but the speed of arrests shows that the police wanted to
arrest them because they are MDC.
There were no investigations when the 29 were arrested.
“One wonders how the Shamva cops were granted $50 bail each in a murder case
while the 29 activists are failing to get the same even when there is no
evidence,” said Kwaramba.
Kwaramba said that the moment a person is labelled MDC, then justice will be
“Just like Mutedza, Chivambo (Luxmore) and Magura (Cephas), left families
who expect justice to be carried out in full,” he said.
The High Court trial resumes this afternoon.
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