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Mukoyi and mourners wallow in detention
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
May 23, 2011
including a Pastor, who were arrested and charged with public violence
last week, on Monday 23 May 2011 spent their fifth night in detention
after Mbare Magistrate Reward Kwenda postponed his ruling on their
bail application to Tuesday 24 May 2011.
Dziwedziwe (36) of Kuwadzana, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
Harare Province Vice-chairperson Shakespeare Mukoyi and 25 other
mourners appeared in court on Monday 23 May 2011 for their initial
remand, where their lawyers Gift Mtisi of Musendekwa and Mtisi Legal
Practitioners and Tarisai Mutangi of Donsa-Nkomo and Mutangi Legal
Practitioners, who are members of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
applied for their admission to bail.
In his bail
application Mtisi argued that his clients were mourners who were
travelling to Kuwadzana high density suburb after burying their
colleague at the graveyard.
Kwenda postponed the bail hearing to Tuesday 24 May 2011 to allow
State Prosecutor Sidom Chinzete to respond to the bail application
after he indicated that he was not in a position to file some submissions
in response to the bail application, although he indicated that
he would oppose bail.
that the 27, Charged with contravening section 36 (1) (a) of the
(Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 for public violence
were arrested on Thursday 19 May 2011 while coming from burying
the body of an MDC activist Jack Ndeketeya at Granville cemetery,
who had passed away early last week.
He alleged that
the mourners alighted from their vehicles at Boka Tobacco Auction
Floors and assaulted some farmers and other people by throwing stones
at them and tore some ZANU PF posters and banners pasted at the
tobacco auction floors.
accused the mourners of throwing stones at some tobacco farmers
who were waiting to sell their tobacco crop at the auction floors
forcing them to flee for safety while leaving their goods at a flea
that the mourners stole clothes, a mobile phone handset and a sim
card valued at $339 before they were arrested by the police near
the five vehicles which were ferrying the mourners to Kuwadzana
suburb and intend to use them as exhibits together with MDC regalia,
which include a red and white cap, a red vuvuzela and a wrapping
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