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MP Karenyi to remain in prison after state quashes granting of bail
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
December 20, 2011


Hon. Lynnette Karenyi, the MDC Women's Assembly organising secretary and the MP for Chimanimani West was today remanded in prison in Mutare after the State invoked the notorious Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act to bar her bail.

Hon. Karenyi who is facing false charges of undermining the authority of the President had been granted a US$200 bail at the Mutare Magistrates' Courts by Magistrate Noah Gwatidzo.

However, the State led by Trueman Joma immediately invoked the draconian Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act that invalidates a bail ruling and keeps the accused in custody for a further seven days. She was remanded to 28 December.

She was arrested yesterday and remanded in custody to today on allegations that she had undermined the authority of the President while addressing an MDC rally at Nhedziwa Business Centre in Chimanimani on 09 December 2011.

The decision by the State to invoke the infamous Section 121 shows that the Attorney-General's Office continued to be used by Zanu PF for persecuting and not prosecuting MDC officials and supporters.

It vindicates the MDC's position that cases against MDC members are 100 percent politics and zero percent law.

Hon. Karenyi's case is just but one of the several instances where the national institutions such as the Attorney-General's Office have been abused by the sunset party - Zanu PF to achieve its political ends.

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