Mzila-Ndlovu seeks release of passport

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MDC co-negotiator to the Global Political Agreement, Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, on Tuesday said he would soon ask the courts to release his passport to enable him to attend inter-party negotiations in South Africa early next month.

Mzila-Ndlovu, who is National Healing minister told NewsDay the next round of negotiations before the full Sadc summit in Namibia on May 20 would be held in South Africa.

“For the next round of negotiations, we must go to South Africa and my lawyers will soon approach the Attorney-General’s Office through the public prosecutor in Hwange so that they can release my passport. I am still part of the team unless and until I get arrested again,” he said.

The minister missed part of the negotiations that came up with an election roadmap last week following his arrest and subsequent detention for allegedly addressing a memorial service for victims and survivors of the Gukurahundi massacres in Lupane without police clearance.

Mzila-Ndlovu was charged together with Lupane Roman Catholic priest, Father Marko Mnkandla.
On April 19, Hwange magistrate Tomupei Madibha ordered Mzila-Ndlovu and the priest to surrender their passports as part of their bail conditions.

The pair was released on $500 bail each after a six-day ordeal in police custody.

The MDC negotiating team consists of Mzila-Ndlovu and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga while Zanu PF is represented by Nicholas Goche and Patrick Chinamasa.

The MDC-T is represented by Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma.