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South MP convicted, sentenced to 18 months
for Democratic Change (MDC)
The MP for Chipinge South,
Hon. Meki Makuyana, was today sentenced to 18 months in prison on
trumped-up charges of kidnapping by a Chipinge magistrate.
He was sentenced together
with three other MDC members, Hardwork Masaiti who is the councillor
for ward 26 in Chipinge South, Simon Chaya and Wedzerai Gwenzi.
Samuel Zuze sentenced the four to 18 months in prison each and suspended
by six months each of the sentence.
However, Hon. Makuyana
has since appealed against the conviction and sentence.
The MDC is concerned
by the continued persecution and harassment of its members and MPs
by the State through the Attorney-General's office in an attempt
to decimate its structures and reverse the party's majority
At least seven MDC MPs
have been convicted this year or are facing trumped-up charges for
They include Chipinge
East MP, Hon. Mathias Mlambo, Mutasa Central MP, Hon. Trevor Saruwaka,
Hon. Lynnette Karenyi, Senator Roy Bennett and Mutare West, Hon.
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