Secessionist party leaders seek bail


Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Misheck Cheda will today preside over an application for reinstatement of bail by three Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) leaders detained last week pending their indictment to the High Court for trial on treason charges.

The trio — MLF secretary-general Paul Siwela, former secretary-general John Gazi and deputy secretary for security Charles Thomas had their $2 000 bail each revoked last week, leading to their incarceration at Khami Prison.

Last Thursday, Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa remanded the trio in custody to February 2 pending a formal indictment at the Harare High Court.

“You are to be indicted in the High Court of Zimbabwe sitting at Harare on February 7, 2012,” Muchemwa said.

Siwela and Thomas were out of custody on $2 000 bail while Gazi is serving a 10-month jail term for a fraud involving a building in the city.

Their lawyer Sindiso Shepherd Mazibisa immediately filed an application for bail re-instatement.

The Attorney-General’s Office responded to the application on Friday setting the date for the bail application hearing.

The State alleges sometime early last year, the trio distributed flyers calling upon members of the public and security forces to turn against the government and join Mthwakazi Republic, a State which they allegedly want to establish after secession from the rest of the country.

The trio has not been asked to plead to the treason charges, 11 months since the case opened at the Bulawayo Magistrates’ Courts.