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Court frees MDC-T MP

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MDC-T MP for Musikavanhu constituency Prosper Mutseyami was on Tuesday released from Chipinge Remand Prison after the State failed to appeal against the court’s decision to grant him $100 bail along with six others in a case of public violence against other MDC-T party members.

REPORT BY OBEY MANAYITI

Mutseyami, who is also the MDC-T organising secretary for Manicaland, was arrested alongside Hagins Kashiri, Innocent Mandava, Tichaenzana Maita, Howrad Makokosha, Allan Mukodzani and Patience Matiya two weeks ago on charges of public violence.

Last week on Tuesday, Chipinge magistrate Vusimuzi Gapara granted the accused $100 each, but the State invoked Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act on the basis that it wanted to appeal against the granting of bail.

However, on Tuesday when the accused appeared in court, the State, led by Thembelani Dhiwayo, had not yet launched its appeal.

The seven were arrested on allegations of causing intra-party violence at Gaza Community Hall in Chipinge during an MDC-T restructuring meeting on May 5.

The meeting was also attended by senior party members including national executive member Lucia Matibenga, Mkoba legislator Amos Chibaya, Mutare Senator Keresenzia Chabuka among others.

The State alleged that on the day in question, Mutseyami brought his co-accused from Mutare to disrupt the meeting where two complainants, Sarudzai Sithole and Never Gwenzi were assaulted.

The suspects, who are being represented by Mutare lawyer Langton Mhungu, were remanded to June 4.

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