Supreme Court refers MDC members back to High Court

Supreme Court judge and the Deputy Chief Justice, Luke Malaba today referred back to the High Court the bail application of seven MDC members who had applied for bail at the Supreme Court.

Tungamirai Madzokere, Glen View Ward 32 councillor, Rebecca Mafikeni, Phenias Nhatarikwa, Lazarus Maengahama, Stanford Maengahama, Yvonne Musarurwa and Stanford Mangwiro have been in remand prison for six months on false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View in May.

The seven had applied for bail at the Supreme Court after High Court judge, Justice Tendai Uchena had turned down their bail application in July citing they were a flight risk.

However, Justice Malaba referred the matter back to the High Court saying that the seven have to first notify the High Court of their intention to appeal at the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the High Court will next Wednesday, consider a fresh bail application filed by Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson whose first bail bid was barred by High Court judge, Justice Hlekani Mwayera last month.

Madzore, who is facing similar charges and is detained at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, is not among those who applied for bail at the Supreme Court as he was arrested after the application had already been made.

The eight are part of 28 MDC members who were arrested in connection with the police officer’s death. The others were granted bail in July.

The police officer was murdered by unknown revellers at a night club in Glen View in May.

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