MDC members’ appeal reserved indefinitely at the High Court

High Court judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu has reserved his judgment indefinitely on the application by the 29 MDC members who are seeking the right to appeal for bail at the Supreme Court.

The 29 members who are facing charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare and public violence in May 2011 were last month denied bail by Justice Bhunu after they were indicted for trial.

However, the trial has failed to kick off as the accused are still to file defence outline papers.

In his submissions today, defence lawyer, Charles Kwaramba said the ruling made last week that the accused should first make pleas and file defence outline papers before their application for bail could be made, was out of order as the court was following an extraneous and irrelevant matter to guide it in denying the accused bail.

Some of the accused have been in remand prison for close to a year now.

Those accused for the murder and public violence charges are; Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson, Last Maengahama, a National Executive Committee member, Councillor Oddrey Sydney Chirombe of Ward 33, Budiriro, Councillor, Tungamirai Madzokere of Ward 32, Glen View, Cynthia Manjoro, Lloyd Chitanda, Stanford Mangwiro and Tendai Chinyama.

The others are; Jefias Moyo, Abina Rutsito, Gabriel Shumba, Stephen

Takaedzwa, Linda Madyamhanje, Tafadzwa Billiard, Simon Mudimu, Dube Zwelibanzi, Simon Mapanzure, Augustine Tengenyika and Gapara Nyamadzawo, Paul Rukanda, Lazarus and Stanford Maengahama, Kerina Dewa and Memory Ncube, Rebecca Mafukeni, Yvonne Musarurwa, Phineas Nhatarikwa and Stanford Mangwiro.

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