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Cynthia Manjoro out on bail
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
October 15, 2012
High Court judge
presiding over the case of 29 unconfirmed MDC supporters and Glenview
of murdering a police officer, today granted bail to one suspect,
She is the National
Programme Coordinator for ZimRights. The grant was premised on changes
of circumstances. Surprisingly it was given by the same judge who
dismissed the application several times on various grounds. He activated
the application himself suggesting that from what transpired in
yesterday's court session, there was need for revisiting the
bail application issue. This followed a testimony by one state witness
Stephen Manjoro who yesterday revealed that Cynthia Manjoro was
only being held as bait until the arrest of Darlington Madzonga,
who is said to have been using her car on the day the alleged offence
was committed. Stephen is a brother to Cynthia.
That has been
Cynthia's statement from the beginning and it was disheartening
that the mother of two was languishing in jail while the one to
answer questions was roaming streets of Harare scot-free. What finally
happened are steps towards what Zimbabweans have been clamouring
for i.e. justice. We respect the judge for finally reasoning from
the majority's point of view. We however demand total independence
of the accused persons. Inspector Mutedza died in May last year.
The accused persons have once been on bail but were taken back through
indictment in March this year.
social media networks such as facebook and twitter have fallen victims
to her sympathizers who have turned to them as medium of sharing
information and feelings. Some of the extracts claim that the release
is a result of the defence lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwas' emotions
who shed tears in court yesterday. Another one reads, "It
is still long tunnel for her final justice but the light is beginning
to flicker in the tunnel".
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