MDC activists seek trial date

The lawyers representing the 29 MDC members facing charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View last May, have appealed to Justice Chinembiri Bhunu to give their clients a trial date.

The 29 MDC members have been in remand prison since February when they were indicted for trial. Others have been in remand prison for nearly a year. This month, Justice Bhunu denied them leave to appeal for bail at the Supreme Court.

The MDC has expressed serious concerns that the accused are living in inhumane conditions with two of the female inmates, Rebecca Masvikeni and Yvonne Musarurwa, in solitary confinement in the male section at Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

Seven police officers involved in the murder of Luxmore Chivambo in Shamva earlier this year have already been granted bail by the same court.

Nearly 12 months after the Glen View incident, no evidence linking the 29 activists to the murder has been presented in court.On several occasions, the High Court did not sit as either the prosecutor was attending a funeral, or was sick or was not ready to argue his case. The judge has been unable to come to court as he was “not feeling well” or was attending to some “other business”. Now he has reserved judgment “indefinitely”.

The MDC has condemned the State and the judiciary’s manoeuvres in continuing to “imprison, persecute and harass innocent and peace-loving Zimbabweans whose only crimes are to be members of a political party that is fighting to bring about democratization”.

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