SW Radio Africa (London)

8 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Magura Murder Suspects Intimidating Witnesses

Some of the suspects charged with murdering MDC-T member Cephas Magura in May this year are allegedly intimidating state witnesses in Mudzi, just weeks after they were released on bail.

High Court judge Justice Hlekani Mwayera freed on bail David Chimukoko, Graciano Kazingizi, Biggie Office, Raphael Bobo, Perkins Karikoga and Phillip Katsande and ordered them not to interfere with witnesses. The activists, who spent five months in custody, were granted $100 bail each on 19th October.

67 year-old Magura, who was a party chairman in Mudzi North in Mashonaland East, was set upon by a group of ZANU PF activists who included the suspects, when they attacked MDC-T supporters returning from a rally at Chimukoko Business Centre.

As part of the bail conditions, the six suspects were ordered to reside at their given addresses, not to interfere with state witnesses and to report at Kotwa Police Station once every week, on Fridays.

But SW Radio Africa can reveal some of the released murder suspects were part of a group of ZANU PF youths who visited the homes of witnesses to the murder, singing revolutionary songs and chanting party slogans.

The group has mainly been led by the wife of the ZANU PF ward 2 councillor in Mudzi, Jevas Chiota. The same group has threatened two MDC-T headmen, Naison Kurima and Claudius Nyamudangara, with eviction from the area.

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