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Zimbabwe: Madzore Says Tsvangirai Will Be Next President

MDC-T youth assembly President Solomon Madzore says anyone who doubts Morgan Tsvangirai will be the next leader of Zimbabwe should have his head examined.

Addressing party activists in Harare after he was released from Chikurubi prison on Wednesday, Madzore said whether the military junta likes it or not, Tsvangirai will be their next commander-in-chief after the election.

'We are not worried at all about threats of a coup. ZANU PF and its partisan military will not derail our fight to free Zimbabwe from tyranny. We will fight to the bitter end despite all efforts to derail our fight,' Madzore said.

The youth leader was finally granted a $500 bail on Tuesday after spending over a year in custody in connection with the alleged murder of police inspector Petros Mutedza in May last year.

However he was only released Wednesday because the fines office at the High court had closed by the time Justice Chinembiri Bhunu set him free.

Hundreds of MDC-T activists thronged the gates of the maximum security prison to welcome the youth leader, who remained as defiant as ever, telling his fellow activists not to be afraid to fight for change.

'Never let the threats of incarceration stop you from fighting for justice. Look I spent a year at Chikurubi maximum college and I've come out my skin looking lighter and enlightened politically.

'Everyone in that prison, including all the guards and senior officers, are yawning for change. So don't be intimidated by threats of being arrested just because you are fighting for change,' he said.

This led to MDC-T's co-Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone to comment on her facebook page: 'They found that the benefit of releasing him far outweighed the disastrous rate at which the Prison Guards were changing, vakati BETTER AYENDE (They thought it was better for him to go).'

Madzore is among 28 other MDC-T activists who were arrested and charged with the killing of Mutedza during disturbances in Glen View. The MDC-T insists the charges are 'trumped up.'

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