Glen View accused granted bail

HARARE - A young mother of one who has been languishing in prison for over a year has finally been reunited with her three-year-old son.

Cynthia Manjoro, one of the 29 activists accused of killing police inspector Petros Mutedza in Harare’s Glen View suburb last year, was yesterday readmitted to bail.

This was after High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu noted that the evidence by a state witness who testified on Tuesday constituted special circumstances for Manjoro to be granted bail.

Bhunu had previously refused to grant the 29 MDC activists bail saying there were no special circumstances for bail. The activists include youth leader Solomon Madzore.

On Tuesday, Manjoro’s brother, Steven told the court that detectives Crispen Makedenge and a Machaya had told him his sister was being held in custody as bait until her friend Darlington Madzonga, who is said to have been driving her car on the day of the supposed murder, had been apprehended.

Before trial commenced yesterday, Bhunu said since the state had not impeached Steven as unfit to testify as a state witness, his evidence was worth considering.

Freeing Manjoro on bail, Bhunu said: “By consent of the parties, it is ordered that Cynthia Fungai Manjoro be released on bail.”

Manjoro’s bail conditions are that she resides at her Avenues flat and pay $500.

She does not need to report to the police as she will be attending trial.

Prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba, who had earlier said he needed to apply his mind on how to contest Steven’s evidence, later consented that Cynthia’s three-year-old son needed his mother.

Apart from Manjoro’s emotional bail release, the court also heard that MDC youth president Solomon Madzore’s alibi was confirmed by the police.

Madzore says during the fateful day of March 29 when Mutedza was killed, he was with his wife at a surgery in Highfield after she had suffered a miscarriage.

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