Mwonzora finally removed from police remand

MDC-T spokesman and Nyanga North MP Douglas Mwonzora and 23 other party activists have been removed from remand almost a year after they were charged with public violence.

Douglas Mwonzora
Douglas Mwonzora

During a routine court hearing in Nyanga on Thursday, law officers from the Attorney General’s office conceded to an application by Mwonzora to be removed from continuous placement on remand.

Mwonzora and the MDC-T activists were arrested in February last year in Nyanga and spent more than a month in remand prison in Mutare. The MDC-T legislator told SW Radio Africa that they felt very ‘aggrieved’ because they were subjected to gross injustice.

The state will however continue with the case by way of summons. The MP and others were arrested in connection with alleged violence at Chatindo School in Nyamaropa. Mwonzora was addressing a constituency meeting when a group of ZANU PF youths starting disrupting the proceedings, leading to clashes between the two groups. But no one was arrested or charged from ZANU PF after the fracas.

“We are being charged with public violence and fighting in public. We don’t fight alone…no person from ZANU PF is being charged with us, we are being charged alone as if we fought ourselves,” Mwonzora said.

He added: “It’s unfair and unjust. We were put in prison for 25 days over nothing. But as a community of Nyanga North, we will continue to persevere, we will continue with our struggle for justice. We will continue with our struggle for equality and we will never go back to ZANU PF.”

The COPAC co-chairman complained that this matter was a typical case of extreme injustice, taking into consideration that one of their activists, 82 year-old Rwisai Nyakauru died after spending a month in police cells.

“He died because he was not supposed to be in prison in the first place and we were also not supposed to be in prison as well. When we were set free we were happy to a certain extent because one of us is no more,” the MP said. SW Radio Africa

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