Madzore granted bail but remains in prison
By Violet Gonda
Last week an MDC-T youth leader was arrested and charged under the draconian
Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly calling 89 year old
President Robert Mugabe a ‘limping old donkey’, but it appears the same
rules do not apply when it comes to insulting the country’s prime minister
who this weekend was described as a “psychiatric patient who seems to be
suffering from hallucinations” by the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence
Forces General Constantine Chiwenga.
The army general was quoted in the state controlled Herald newspaper
dismissing claims he held secret meetings with MDC-T officials saying he
“had no time to waste meeting sellouts.”
Solomon Madzore on the other hand has been in detention since Thursday after
he was arrested for allegedly ‘insulting or undermining the authority of
President Robert Mugabe.’
He was granted bail of $100 by a Bindura Magistrate Monday but will remain
in prison after State prosecutor Munyaradzi Mataranyika invoked Section 121
of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act to oppose bail.
His lawyer Charles Kwaramba told SW Radio Africa that he will remain in
custody for another seven days while the State appeals in the High Court.
Over the years human rights campaigners have called for the repealing of the
country’s sweeping security laws which have seen scores of Zimbabweans being
arrested for allegedly insulting the president. The MDC formations have also
come under fire for failing to change these laws in the five years that they
have been partners in the so called power-sharing government.
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