MDC members exasperated by delay in bail application

Twenty-six MDC-T members facing charges of murdering a police officer are ‘hugely exasperated’ at the delay in the High Court in ruling on their bail application.

Defence lawyer Charles Kwaramba said: ‘At least they expected the delays because we had warned them in advance that this could happen, having experienced how the system works. Generally they are fine but knowing that they are innocent, they don’t want to be where they are—behind bars,’ Kwaramba explained.

The bail application has been postponed four times this week. It will now be heard before the trial judge on Monday. Justice Felistas Chitakunye removed the application from her roll on Friday and ruled the matter should be heard before the start of the court trial on Monday.

The group made a fresh bail application after they were taken back into custody last week Thursday to join three other party cadres who have been in custody since last year.

Back in police cells is national executive member Last Maengahama and his two brothers Stanford and Lazarus. Stanford and Lazarus are part of a group of seven who were granted bail by the deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba just two weeks ago.

The group included Mafikeni, Musarurwa, Phenias Nhatarikwa, Stanford Mangwiro and Glen View Ward 32 Councillor Tungamirai Madzokere. This group spent 9 months in custody and tasted freedom for less than a fortnight. – SW Radio Africa News

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