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  • Chipinge South MP convicted, sentenced to 18 months
    Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
    July 09, 2009

    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.

    Chipinge magistrate, 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 in parliament.

    At least seven MDC MPs have been convicted this year or are facing trumped-up charges for various allegations.

    They include Chipinge East MP, Hon. Mathias Mlambo, Mutasa Central MP, Hon. Trevor Saruwaka, Hon. Lynnette Karenyi, Senator Roy Bennett and Mutare West, Hon. Shuah Mudiwa.

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