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Glen View 29 accused breaks down

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ONE of the 29 MDC-T activists accused of killing police officer Inspector Petros Mutedza last year broke down in court yesterday after the court sat for only 26 minutes before adjourning because the State failed to bring two of its key witnesses.

Report by Phillip Chidavaenzi, Senior Reporter

Cynthia Manjoro, who has a three-year-old baby, broke into tears and had to be comforted by her co-accused after Justice Chinembiri Bhunu adjourned the hearing to today.

her lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa complained about the adjournment saying it was unjust that while the prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba (who asked for the adjournment) was going back home to his family, Manjoro’s child had not enjoyed the comfort of his mother who was incarcerated when he was only two years old.

“He is going back to his children and yet there is a three-year-old without its mother,” she said.

“We have only sat for 26 minutes. Why are there no (State) witnesses? He (one of the witnesses, Detective Sergeant Makore) ought to have been here. This is how time has been wasted. What sort of justice is that, my Lord? We should have sat for at least two-and-a-half hours this afternoon.”

Nyazamba told the court that Makore had been hospitalised because he was not feeling well and officer commanding Law and Order Section, Chief Superintendent Chrispen Makedenge, had promised to check when he would be able to testify.

He said the other witness, pathologist Dr Gabriel Avero, could not testify as proper procedures had not been followed.

“There are procedures that we must comply with before he can come to court and these are being worked on,” Nyazamba said.

Manjoro’s brother Steven Tendai had earlier testified that the car the police say was used during the commission of the crime belonged to his sister, but was registered in his name.

He told the court that the police told them his sister had not been charged, but was in custody because the person driving the car on the day, Darlington Madzonga, was still at large.

He said since his sister was incarcerated, their father and he had been looking after the baby.

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