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Detained Mbare Councillor and residents freed on bail
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

February 03, 2011

Mbare Magistrate Rebecca Kaviya on Thursday 3 February 2011 granted bail to Mbare Ward 3 councillor Paul Gorekore and six other residents, who were arrested on Monday 31 January 2011, for allegedly assaulting some ZANU PF youths.

Councillor Gorekore and the six Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters namely Kudakwashe Usai, Amon Mutasa, Muchofa Pfunhurai, Ephraim Purazeni, Patrick Chibhabha and Leo Mutema were arrested on Monday 31 January 2011 and charged with assault as defined in Section 89 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

The seven Mbare residents were accused of pelting three ZANU PF youths namely Elliot Munyama, Gerald Ticharwa and Givemore Kamhashu with stones as they passed by the MDC offices in Mbare.

The residents were allegedly clearing some debris from their party's shattered offices, which were demolished by some ZANU PF youths last week.

Magistrate Kaviya granted free bail to the seven Mbare residents after the residents' lawyers Tawanda Zhuwarara and Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) applied for their release on bail.

The State had opposed bail and had led evidence from the investigating officer, Detective Assistant Inspector Lazarus Jonasi Majonga.

The seven Mbare residents were remanded out of custody to 17 February 2011.

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