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Mkandla, Minister granted bail as lawyers protest against denial
of food to Pastor
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
April 19, 2011
Peter Tomupei Madiba on Tuesday 19 April 2011 granted bail to Catholic
Priest Father Marko Mabutho Mkandla and Hon. Moses Mzila-Ndlovu,
the co-Minister of the Organ on National Healing and Reconciliation
and Integration after they spend six and five nights in detention
respectively for allegedly violating the country's obnoxious
ordered Father Mkandla and Hon. Mzila-Ndlovu to pay bail amounting
to $500 and to surrender their passports with the clerk of court.
Father Mkandla and Hon. Mzila-Ndlovu were also ordered not to interfere
with State witnesses.
Lizwe Jamela, Nosimilo Chanayiwa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
(ZLHR) Nikiwe Ncube of Webb, Low and Barry Legal Practitioners and
Gugulethu Simango of Dube and Associates, who are all members of
ZLHR raised complaints in court against the police for denying Father
Mkandla food since his detention at Tsholotsho Police Station. Mkandla's
lawyers told Magistrate Madiba that the police denied their client
food and only gave him water during his period in detention.
also complained about the police behaviour in denying them access
to their clients and refusing to disclose the details pertaining
to his detention as they moved him from one police station to another.
protested against the police who brought their clients while in
leg irons. Police also deployed their heavily armed anti riot unit
Earlier on police
in Hwange on Tuesday 19 April 2011 blocked Jamela, Chanayiwa and
Ncube from reaching Hwange Magistrates in Matabeleland North province
to represent Mzila-Ndlovu and Father Mkandla, who were set to appear
in court in the morning.
The police blocked
the lawyers Jamela, Chanayiwa and Ncube from reaching Hwange Magistrates
Court after they surprising set up a road block as lawyers entered
into the coal mining town to attend court proceedings for Father
Mkandla and Mzila Ndlovu, who have been languishing in police detention
since their arrest last week.
It appears that
the police roadblock had been mounted specifically to target the
lawyers for yet unknown reasons.
Eight MDC supporters
who were on their way to Hwange Magistrates Court were also detained
with the lawyers from 10:30 am to around 17:00 hours.
at the road block, one police officer quickly jumped into the lawyers'
vehicle and ordered them to drive towards Hwange Police Station.
The police interrogated the lawyers about the registration of their
vehicle before they were released and managed to represent their
and Bulilima West Member of Parliament Hon. Mzila Ndlovu were arrested
on Wednesday 13 April 2011 and Friday 15 April 2011 respectively
and charged with contravening the country's tough security
laws such as the Public
Order and Security Act and the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly convening a
healing service at Silwane Primary School in Lupane, Matabeleland
North, without notifying the police.
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