Zimbabwe: Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - Issue 396

press release

A private medical doctor who examined critically ill and incarcerated MDC activist, Nyamadzawo Gapare yesterday recommended that he urgently be treated at a private hospital.

Gapare is one of the 29 MDC members who are in remand prison facing false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare last year.

He has been hospitalised at Harare Central Prison Hospital since early this month suffering from liver complications and internal bleeding leading to him failing to appear for trial at the High Court on Monday forcing the judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu to visit him in hospital where he recommended that he should get access to a private doctor.

A summary of recommendations by the private doctor yesterday were given to the sister-in-charge of the prison hospital to forward them to Justice Bhunu who is expected to make a ruling this week.

Meanwhile, a Chipinge magistrate has acquitted six MDC members who had been wrongly accused of assault by a local headmaster.

The six, Maxwell Mahlonga, Kennious Chinoda, Aaron Tauzeni, Alouis Tauzeni, Herbert Tauzeni and Lyson Mavhakaza were brought before the court on allegations of assaulting Mutandani Muteya and his wife Marilen Mlambo in May 2010. Muteya, a primary school headmaster and his wife are known Zanu PF supporters.

During the trial which started last year, the State alleged that the six MDC members assaulted Muteya and Mlambo on 30 May 2010. However, according to a medical report dated 3 November 2010, which is six months after the purported assault, Muteya had a tooth and headache.

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