MDC activists released on bail

Nine of the ten MDC activists who were arrested at Harvest House three weeks ago have been released after being granted a US$50 bail each at the High Court today.

The 10 are alleged to have been involved in public violence and were denied bail at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts after the State opposed bail claiming that they were facing serious charges and were a flight risk.

However, Jefias Moyo was denied bail after the judge ruled that he was facing another charge. Moyo is facing the allegation of murdering a police officer in Glen View in May last year. Those granted bail are; Barnabas Mwanaka, Taurai Nherera, Simbarashe Makaha, Leonard Dendera, Muchineripi Muzengeza, Patson Murimoga, Samson Nerwande , Murambiwa Dzwenge and Kudakwashe Usai.

Mwanaka is still admitted at a Harare hospital after he sustained serious injuries following an attack by the police during his arrest.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court hearing by the eight MDC activists who are still in remand prison on charges of murdering the police officer in Glen View last May will be heard tomorrow. They were denied bail twice at the High Court last year after the judges ruled that they were a flight risk.

A total of 29 MDC members have been arrested over the murder case. Eighteen have been granted bail while another, Paul Rukanda was arrested last week and told to apply for bail at the High Court.

Those in remand including Rukanda are; the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson, Solomon Madzore, Rebecca Mafikeni, Yvonne Musarurwa, Phineas Nhatarikwa, Stanford Mangwiro, Councillor Tungamirai Madzokere of Ward 32, Glen View and brothers Lazarus and Stanford Maengahama.

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