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Mklandla, Minister freed after surrendering passports
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
April 20, 2011
Priest Father Marko Mabutho Mkandla and Hon. Moses Mzila-Ndlovu,
the co-Minister of the Organ on National Healing and Reconciliation
and Integration on Wednesday 20 April 2011 walked out of remand
prison after they surrendered their passports to the clerk of court
at Hwange Magistrates Court.
and Hon. Mzila-Ndlovu were granted $500 bail each by Hwange Magistrate
Peter Tomupei Madiba on Tuesday 19 April 2011 after spending six
and five nights in police detention respectively for allegedly violating
the country's obnoxious security laws.
ordered Father Mkandla and Hon. Mzila-Ndlovu to pay bail amounting
to $500 each 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. But they could not be immediately
freed as they had to surrender their passports which were not on
them. Father Mkandla and Hon. Mzila Ndlovu finally walked out of
remand prison on Wednesday 20 April 2011 after satisfying all their
bail conditions with the assistance of Victoria Falls based lawyer,
Gugulethu Simango of Dube and Associates, who is a member of ZLHR.
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.
On Tuesday 19
April 2011, lawyers Lizwe Jamela, Nosimilo Chanayiwa of Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) Nikiwe Ncube of Webb, Low and Barry
Legal Practitioners and Simango 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
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