Mutoko North, MDC organizing secretary granted bail

Nicholas Kativhu, the MDC organizing secretary for Mutoko North was last Friday granted $100 bail by a Mutoko magistrate in a 2011 case in which he is alleged to have called the Zanu PF Mutoko DCC chairman a murderer.

The case was postponed to 20 June 2012.

Kativhu is alleged to have committed the offence on 22 October 2011 when the DCC chairman, Zephaniah Nhidza accompanied by Maxwell Hodzi, a Zanu PF organizing secretary and around 200 Zanu PF activists comprising of war veterans disrupted a School Development Committee (SDC) meeting which they claimed was dominated by MDC supporters. They then threatened the activists by reminding them of the atrocities they had committed against MDC supporters in the area in 2008.

Kativhu is a member of the SDC.

Nhidza was the gang leader of the 2008 violence perpetrators in Mutoko. The other Zanu PF supporters who disrupted the MDC meeting were identified as war veteran Ndemera, Jembere, Chigunha, Muropa and Kawodza.

Meanwhile, soldiers based at Mutoko army barracks are on the loose, disrupting MDC meetings and threatening the Party’s supporters in the area. On 12 and 19 May 2012, about eight soldiers in an army truck dispersed MDC supporters waiting to attend a rally at Nyamuzuhwe Business Centre.

Another meeting at Marira Business Centre was disrupted by a group of about 15 soldiers travelling in the same army truck and a Mitsubishi pick-up. The soldiers were in the company of Zanu PF supporters identified as Makoni, Chinyamwaka and Kawodza. – The MDC Today – Issue 373

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