Zimbabwe photojournalist only political detainee in Chikurubi

A group of political detainees accused of banditry activities, appeared in the magistrate's court last Friday for a remand hearing. The group of seven, who include photojournalist Shadreck Manyere and two MDC officials Chris Dlamini and Ghandi Mudzingwa, were remanded in custody to March 23rd.


Four of the accused Chinoto Zulu, Regis Mujeyi, Zacharia Nkomo and
Mapfumo Garutsa, who were released on bail earlier in the week,
appeared for the remand hearing with their three co-accused, who are
still in police custody.

Their lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, said the photojournalist and the other
two MDC officials were denied bail because the State alleges they were
found with offensive' items. The defence team is appealing in the
Supreme Court.

Of the three remaining individuals still in police custody, Manyere is
the only one in Chikurubi prison, while Mudzingwa and Dhlamini are
detained' in hospital at the Avenues Clinic.

Muchadehama also said three other individuals, from a separate group of
political detainees who are facing charges together with human rights
activist Jestina Mukoko, were finally freed on Tuesday. The whole group
had been granted bail more than a week ago, but Collen Mutemagawo,
Tieta Kaseke and Violet Mupfuranhehwe remained in jail because they
could not immediately fulfil part of their bail conditions.

They had no national identification cards and travel documents, but
were able to provide these on Tuesday, resulting in their release. They
are all still facing charges of plotting to overthrow the Mugabe
government.

The MDC has maintained: The charges against Roy Bennett and all other
political hostages are politically motivated and trumped up, driven by
those in the junta who are opposed to change, and the inclusive
government.

SWRadio Africa

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