Glen View MDC-T activists detained for 6 months

A group of six MDC-T activists, accused of murdering a police officer in Glen View, have been in police detention for six months now, despite documented evidence that many were not even at the scene when Mutedza died.

A total of 28 MDC-T supporters were arrested back in May, after Mutedza died during a brawl at a local Glen View pub. Witnesses said he was killed by unknown revelers, but the police claimed he was killed by MDC supporters who held a meeting there.

The majority were granted bail by the High Court and released, except for the 6 who are still in remand prison. That group was denied bail by the High Court, who claimed they were a flight risk.

The group still in detention includes Councillor Tungamirai Madzokere of Glen View Ward 32, Lazarus Maengahama, Stanford Maengahama, Rebecca Mafukeni, Yvonne Musarurwa, and Phineas Nhatarikwa.

The MDC-T Youth Assembly chairperson, Paul Madzore, was arrested months after the murder and is also facing false murder charges in the Mutedza case.

It later emerged that the dead police officer was viewed as a thug by many Glen View residents. Speaking on the SW Radio Africa programme Callback, some residents said Mutedza was killed after an argument with vendors who attacked him and a colleague he was travelling with.

They said the murdered police officer was notorious in the area for being corrupt. Vendors, who did not want to be identified, accused the cop of soliciting bribes and regularly helping himself to their wares. He became so wealthy he was able to buy a fleet of kombis, which still operate in Harare.

Meanwhile the MDC-T continues to push for the release of the 6 activists still in detention. The party has said the arrests are part of a plot by ZANU PF to destabilize their structures. – SW Radio Africa News

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