Magistrates rules for further detention of Mukoko at Avenues Clinic

Harare Magistrate Gloria Takundwa on 13 February 2009 ruled for the further detention of Zimbabwe Peace Project director Jestina Mukoko into the custody of the Avenues Clinic for medical treatment as recommended by a state doctor who said she was very ill.

Doctor Makanza said it was necessary that Mukoko be detained at the
Avenues Clinic because in his professional opinion the accused is very
ill and warrants admission to the Clinic.  The doctor said he would
stand guided by the medical findings of the Avenues Clinic's doctors as
to the duration of Mukoko's detention at the private medical

The magistrate ruled that both the medical affidavits submitted by the
state and that of the accused's own doctor were in agreement pertaining
to the critical condition of the accused. Magistrate Takundwa said
Mukoko, should, therefore be detained at the Avenues Clinic.

The magistrate said both the state and defence should come back to the
court on 27 February 2009 to brief the  court on Mukoko's medical

Her ruling followed an application by defence lawyer Alec Muchadehama
on 12 February 2009 that Mukoko was in dire need of medical attention
and that there already existed four different court orders to that
effect which had not been complied with.

On 12 February 2009 the magistrate ordered that she be admitted at the
Avenues  Clinic pending her ruling on 13 February 2009 on whether she
should continue to be detained at the private medical institution or
the prisons hospital.


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