Zimbabwe: Tuesday, 13 November 2012 - Issue 467

press release

The High Court trial of the 29 MDC members who are facing forged charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare in May last year continued today.Clever Ntini, the police investigating officer in trial continued to be cross examined by the defence lawyers.

Ntini continued to give conflicting evidence and failed again to name his informers who pointed to the arrest of the 29 MDC members.Today, the trial closed with Ntini falsely linking the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson to the killing of the police officer. The trial resumes tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the police band was today an embarrassment to itself when it refused to play the national anthem at the launch of the First Annual Medium Plan (MTP) in Harare.

After the introductions had been done, the permanent secretary in Ministry Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Desire Sibanda, a request was made for the police band to play the national anthem but they refused.

Addressing the delegates later, the Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Hon. Tapiwa Mashakada said the attitude of the police band was embarrassment to the nation and a disgrace and it affects moral fabric of this country.

Manicaland Provincial vice chairperson Hon Shuah Mudiwa urged MDC members to focus more on the party's activities ahead of the referendum on the new Constitution and the elections to be held next year.

He said this while addressing thousands of party supporters at a provincial rally held at Bere Business Centre, Ward 9 in Buhera North on Saturday. "Let's all focus on MDC. Our talks should be about MDC and nothing else. We should be aware of giving Zanu PF unnecessary publicity they do not deserve when we constantly mention them even when it's negative campaign," he said.

Hon Mudiwa urged people to be brave and courageous and not to be deterred by Zanu PF's vain threats since change was inevitable."Change is inevitable. The time for change is now. So no matter what Zanu PF says or does, it won't stop change from coming. There is no need for anyone to be afraid of Zanu PF," said Hon Mudiwa.

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