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MDC-T activists appeal postponed

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Supreme Court judge, Deputy Chief Justice, Luke Malaba, yesterday postponed to next Wednesday an appeal by seven MDC-T activists who were denied bail by the High Court over the death of police Inspector Petros Mutedza in Glenview, Harare, in May last year.

This was after Attorney-Generals representative, Edmore Nyazamba, who is opposed to the application by the activists, submitted his heads of arguments, but said he had other challenges and requested for a postponement.

The activists lawyer, Charles Kwaramba, earlier submitted the appellants heads of arguments in which he contested the findings of the High Court his clients were likely to abscond, hide or flee from their homes, saying the ruling was not supported by any evidence of facts.

Kwaramba further submitted the refusal by the High Court to grant his clients bail on the basis that they were a flight risk was misdirected.

He said the court-a-quo (previous court) mistook the facts and allowed irrelevant matters to guide or affect it and in the circumstances submitted the judgment of the court-a-quo was wrong and must be set aside.

The seven incarcerated activists are Tungamirai Madzokere, Lazarus Maengahama, Stanford Maengahama, Phenias Nhatarikwa, Stanford Mangwiro, Yvonne Musarurwa and Rebecca Mafukeni.

According to Nyazamba, on May 29 last year, the activists, led by Madzokere, an MDC-T councillor in Glen View, convened an unsanctioned meeting at Glen View 1 shopping centre, which was called off by the police.

He said Mutedza, went to the venue as part of a reaction team assigned to disperse the group of MDC-T supporters who were allegedly holding the meeting.

Nyazamba said Mutedza allegedly approached the youth leaders, Robert Manyengavana and Paul Gorekore, and ordered them to disperse peacefully but they are said to have turned violent and attacked them.

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