17 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Monday, 17 December 2012 - Issue 490

press release

Villagers in Ruwende village in Nyanga North in Manicaland province are up in arms after their headman Noah Ruwende ordered them to register in his book whether they belonged to the MDC or Zanu PF.

The MP for Nyanga North is Hon. Douglas Mwonzora who is the MDC national spokesperson. Last week, Ruwende called for a village meeting where he said he wanted to know the political affiliation of every village in the area.

There was chaos at the meeting as people demanded to know why he needed to know which political party a villager belongs to. MDC Ward 13 chairperson, Gabriel Mawadza confirmed the bizarre incident and said people are now leaving in fear as they do not know why the headman want to know their political affiliations. "The headman did not mention the reason why he wanted people to be registered along their political affiliation," he said.

A total of 21 MDC activists who are part of the 29 MDC members who are facing false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare last year were granted bail by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu today. They have been in remand prison since they were indicted for trial at the High Court in April. Some of the falsely accused had been in remand prison for over 19 months since they were arrested in May 2011.

However, Justice Bhunu denied bail to Last Maengahama, an MDC national executive member, Councillor Tungamirai Madzokere, Yvonne Musarurwa, Rebecca Mafukeni, Simon Mapanzure after the State opposed to their granting of bail claiming the five are a flight risk.

All the 21 including, Solomon Madzore, Cynthia Manjoro and Lovemore Taruvinga Magaya have been ordered to report weekly at Glen View Police Station.

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