Bail application by MP postponed

douglas_mwonzora2The bail application by Nyanga North MP Hon. Douglas Mwonzora at the High Court was today postponed to tomorrow after the State said it wanted to make a response to submissions made by the defence.

As a result, Justice Susan Mavangira is expected to pass judgement on the bail application tomorrow. Hon. Mwonzora was arrested last month together with 25 MDC Nyanga North members on trumped up political violence charges. They have been detained at Mutare Remand Prison since then.

Meanwhile, the bail application by Zhombe MP, Hon. Rodgers Tazviona and four other MDC members has been set for 23 March at the High Court after the lawyers made a bail application yesterday. Hon. Tazviona was arrested last month on trumped up charges of threatening a chief. He is still in custody.

President Morgan Tsvangirai and the entire MDC National Standing Committee today met the SADC Womens Multi – Party Caucus at the partys headquarters, Harvest House in Harare. The SADC delegation is in the country to lobby political parties and other key stakeholders for womens participation in the next general elections in Zimbabwe. The call by the SADC team is in line with the mandate of the ratified SADC Protocol on Gender and Development which advocates for a 50-50 representation of both men and women in positions of authority.

The regional womens multi-party caucus team is being led by South Africas Hon. Beauty Ndlulani and has been in the country since Monday. The team held a separate meeting with the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Lovemore Moyo. Hon. Ndlulani said womens representation in Parliament in the SADC region was declining despite a regional commitment of meeting the 50 percent threshold by 2015. At its last conference held in 2009, the MDC adopted the proposal for a 50-50 representation of women in all positions of authority.

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