15 months of hell

It has been 15 months since the detention of 29 Glen View residents charged with murdering a policeman - and it appears it will be a long and bumpy walk to freedom for them.

Following the stoning to death of Inspector Petros Mutedza in a beerhall brawl in May last year, police rounded up residents known for their affiliation to the MDC-T.

After suffering severe beatings at the hands of the police, they were charged with murder and thrown into remand prison.

Others, such as MDC national youth chairperson Solomon Madzore, were picked up later and charged with the murder of Mutedza. More than a year later, all 29 are still languishing in remand prisons around the city.

Their pleas of innocence and appeals to regional bodies such as the Southern African Development Community have fallen on deaf ears.

Earlier this year when they were briefly released, Yvonne Musarurwa and Rebecca Mafukeni told The Legal Monitor that they were confined in a dingy cell for more than 23 hours a day.

Rights groups such as Zimbabwe Human Rights Association say the long incarceration is uncalled for, especially after the State’s case began crumbling as its witnesses contradicted each other during trial.

“It is distressing and inhuman to keep a person for almost two years without defining his/her fate. This is a clear indication of lack of objectivity in the way Zimbabwean law, security and judiciary systems are run. Responsible authorities must define the fate for the 29 accused persons without further delay,” the group said.

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