The 29 MDC members who are on trial at the High Court on false charges of murdering a police officer are not being prosecuted but persecuted, President Tsvangirai has said.
President Tsvangirai said this today during a special luncheon held by the party to celebrate the granting of bail at the High Court to Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson, Lovemore Taruvinga Magaya and Cynthia Manjoro.
The luncheon was held at the party headquarters, Harvest House in Harare.
The other 27 MDC members are still in remand prison and their bail determination will be made on 6 December at the Supreme Court.
"The 29 are being persecuted not prosecuted," President Tsvangirai said. "They have been arrested for nothing. Zanu PF thinks that they are persecuting them but when they come out of prison, the goal that they are fighting for will be achieved," said President Tsvangirai.
The President urged the people of Zimbabwe especially the youths not to give up their fight for real change but to continue to contribute to the struggle.
In remembrance of the 27 MDC members who are still in remand prison, President Tsvangirai said,"Let's remember those who are struggling to be free. One day they will be free even if it is that they will be freed in a new Zimbabwe."
Vice President Thokozani Khupe said the occasion was a surprise luncheon held in order to thank God for looking after Madzore and the other 28 members.
National Organising Secretary, Hon. Nelson Chamisa said the party would continue to make sure that the other members are released. "The outcome is that they should be prepared to give their ultimate in regard to the coming elections," said Hon. Chamisa.
The luncheon was attended by the Deputy National Chairperson, Hon. Morgen Komichi, national executive members, ministers, MPs, councillors and other senior party officials.
Madzore was accompanied by his wife and also present at the luncheon were the other members who are also out on bail, Cynthia Manjoro and Magaya.
Hundreds of MDC Youth Assembly youths from all of Harare's districts were present at the luncheon.