Bail application for MDC members postponed for 3rd time

Twenty-six MDC-T members facing charges of murdering a police officer will remain behind bars after their bail hearing on Thursday was postponed for the third time this week.

The 26 MDC-T members are being accused of murdering police inspector, Petros Mutedza in Harare last year.

High Court judge, Justice Felistas Chitakunye, said she wanted time to go through the state’s response on the bail application and had no choice but to postpone it to Friday. The group was taken back into custody last week Thursday after being indicted for trial, which starts next week. The MDC-T denies its activists were involved in the murder of Mutedza saying the cop was fatally assaulted by ordinary patrons at a Glen View bar who were discussing football. The activists had been held in prison for 9 months and had only been released on bail a week ago.

UK based MDC-T activist, Winnifrida Mabuzane, told SW Radio Africa that it was a wrong practice by the state to condemn their members before a trial.

‘Innocent until proven guilty is a valued principle of any legal system but ZANU PF is abusing this principle to crackdown on its opponents. The country is going for an election soon and it is obvious ZANU PF is intensifying a crackdown against perceived MDC-T supporters,’ Mabuzane said.

Meanwhile in Chiredzi Masvingo Province, the whereabouts of the MDC-T’s Rasmos Mutsenhuki, remain unknown, a week after he was picked up by the police.

MDC-T MP for Bikita South Jani Vharandeni said Mutsenhuki has not been seen since the day he was picked up by detectives from Chiredzi. Efforts by the party, Mutsenhuki’s relatives and lawyers to locate him have yielded nothing.

A leading human rights activist, Paul Chizuze, has been missing since the evening of 8th February this year. Over the last three decades, Paul has been either employed by, or active with, the Legal Resources Foundation, Amani Trust Matabeleland, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, ZimRights, Churches in Bulawayo, CivNet, and Masakhaneni Trust.

Family and friends fear for his life after he disappeared. There are suspicions he may have been murdered, hijacked or abducted by parties unknown. His car, a white twin cab Nissan hardbody Reg Number ACJ 3446 is also missing.

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