6 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Bail Application Judgment Reserved

press release

The judgment on the bail application for the remaining innocent Glen View 26 activists has been indefinitely reserved. The 26 are still in custody, over the alleged murder of Petros Mutedza, a police officer, in Glen View last year.

The court also reserved judgment on an application by state prosecutor, Edmore Nyazamba who wants one of the State witnesses in the matter, Edna Chihota to give evidence in camera. The 26 are likely to spend yet another festive season behind bars as the High Court term closed last Friday.

The MDC maintains that its members are being persecuted and not prosecuted.

Janet Mbisva, the late Vimbai Mbisva's mother, has castigated actions by Zanu PF thugs who destroyed her home during the funeral wake of her son. An emotional mother, Mai Mbisva asked why the assailants would want to target her home now, when her son, who was a dedicated human rights defender, has died.

"They ordered the lodgers to vacate the house, saying it is an MDC member's place and they destroyed the roofing sheets and windows, dented my gate and denied me an opportunity to fully mourn my son," she said.

Mai Mbisva, who stays in Sunningdale, said she has managed to get two people arrested over the incident and the two appeared before a Harare Magistrate on Monday and Tuesday before they were granted bail.

In Hatcliffe Hon Makone said she wants to see Hatcliffe High School boasting of a sixth form block and enrolling its first sixth form intake in January 2013.

In Masvingo, nine MDC women from seven wards in Zaka East have been moving around in the different wards selling cards and encouraging people to vote. On Wednesday, in ward 20, police said they received a call from one villager who said these women were toy-toying in the area. They instructed Tanda Chinoda, ward 20 Chairperson and Method Ruhanya, a branch committee member to bring the said nine women to Zaka Police station.

The women have since surrendered themselves to the police.

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