MDC youth leader Madzore freed on bail

HARARE - The High Court has freed MDC youth leader Solomon Madzore, who has been languishing in remand prison with over two dozen activists on charges of murdering a policeman.

But it was his wife, Charity who appeared to savour the court victory most, saying she had gone for too long without enjoying the rights of a married woman.

Madzore, who had spent over a year locked up at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, will be freed today from jail — a place he has called home since October last year after High Court judge Chinembiri Bhunu granted him bail.

Brimming with joy, Charity, who had spent a year in a prison of her own, told the Daily News that she was going to wash every sheet in anticipation for her husband’s return to the matrimonial bed.

“Ndaku tonowachamagumbeze, Ranga raagore rese (I am going to wash the blankets, it’s been a long year),” she said.

Madzore and one of his co-accused Lovemore Taruvinga Magaya’s release brings to three the number of people who have been released on bail by Bhunu in the past few weeks.

Bhunu released the two on $500 bail each on condition they do not interfere with witnesses and reside at their given addresses.

“The two accused 28 and 27, Solomon Madzore and Lovemore Taruvinga also known as Magaya, are granted bail on conditions that Solomon Madzore surrenders travelling documents to the registrar of the court,” justice Bhunu said.

State prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba told the court the state had no reason to contest bail even though more witnesses are expected to take the stand.

The state is now considering admitting more of the 29 accused to bail this week prompting Bhunu to urge the two parties to discuss the issue of bail.

“Where you agree, I will make an order and where you disagree I will intervene,” Bhunu said.

Defence lawyers have always argued that the 29 MDC activists are victims of “police profiling” and are detained because of their political affiliation.

Madzore, who along with 28 other MDC activists, is accused of killing police inspector Petros Mutedza in Harare’s Glen View suburb last year is the highest profile figure to be freed by Bhunu, who was satisfied that the alibi the MDC youth leader provided was plausible.

Madzore’s alibi is that on the fateful day of May 29 when Mutedza was murdered allegedly by MDC supporters, the MDC youth president had visited MDC Harare Youth Assembly chairperson Shakespeare Mukoyi who was unwell after he was assaulted by the police.

Later in the day on May 29 2011, Madzore accompanied his wife to Dr Munyoro at Gazaland Shopping Centre as she was also not feeling well, which the doctor confirmed.

Magaya’s manager at Chloride Zimbabwe, Craig Shamu, confirmed he was at work on the fateful day.

“It appears to me the circumstances of these two, (Madzore and Magaya) is not different from those of Cynthia Manjoro,” said Bhunu.

Manjoro was released last month after her brother Steven testified that his sister was being held as bait until her friend Darlington Madzonga was apprehended. - Bridget Mananavire and Fungi Kwaramba

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