Six MDC activists acquitted

Six MDC activists who were facing false charges of threatening to assault Chief Samuel Samambwa of Zhombe in Midlands North have been acquitted at the Kwekwe magistrates’ courts today.

However, the ruling on Midlands North chairperson and Gokwe-Kabuyuni MP, Hon. Costin Muguti and Hon. Rodgers Tazviona the MP for Zhombe facing the same charges will be made tomorrow.

Those who were acquitted today are; Chrispen Tazvivinga, Idea Makota, Zviito Kaswera, Simbarashe Mutengo, Taurai Chinembiri and Albert Mudzingwa. In his ruling, the magistrate said there was no evidence to link the six to the charge. The six activists together with the two MPs were arrested on 14 February 2011 and were remanded in prison for 37 days before they were granted bail.

Meanwhile, the bail application for the 29 MDC members who are facing false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare was today postponed to Monday at the High Court.

Justice Chinembiri Bhunu postponed the hearing after the State said it needed time to consult with the police on the statements made by the deceased’s brother on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Tichaona Mutedza, the deceased’s younger brother testified in court and said the Mutedza family was convinced that Petros had not died at the hands of the accused and that they should be released.

The MDC members are applying for bail on changed circumstances.

-The MDC Today Issue – 431

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