29 accused in Glen view cop murder still in jail
By Tererai Karimakwenda
A group of 29 MDC-T activists and officials falsely accused of killing a
policeman in Glen View last year continue to serve jail time while their
trial remains suspended.
Some of the group have been in jail for nearly one year now, after being
denied bail on several occasions on the basis that they pose serious flight
risks. The trial was suspended two weeks ago because one of the activists is
critically ill and receiving treatment at a private hospital.
Nyamadzawo Gapare was examined by a private doctor while he was at the
prison section of Harare Central Hospital and it was recommended that he be
taken to a private hospital where he could receive better treatment. Justice
Chinembiri Bhunu ruled that the trial will not resume until Gapare is able
to stand trial.
According to Clifford Hlatywayo, national spokesman for the MDC-T Youth
Assembly, defence lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court to have their bail
application heard there and were recently granted permission. But the court
has not yet set a date for the bail hearing,
Hlatywayo told SW Radio Africa last week that the majority of the accused
activists in jail are high ranking officials within the MDC-T party,
including councillors, executive board members and the national youth
chairman Solomon Madzore.
Police officer Petros Mutedza was killed by unknown revelers in a local
nightclub in Glen view back in May last year. But the police claim Mutedza
was murdered by MDC-T members who held a meeting at the pub, despite
evidence that many of them were not even at that location on the day.
MDC-T officials accuse the police of harassing their members and attempting
to destabilize the party.