Madzore freed

HARARE - High Court Judge Felistas Chatukuta has freed MDC youth leader Solomon Madzore, who is accused of calling President Robert Mugabe a “limping donkey”.

Chatukuta yesterday upheld Bindura magistrate Elisha Singano’s bail ruling.

Madzore remained in custody last week despite being granted $100 bail following the State’s notice that it was going to appeal against the ruling.

The State invoked Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act. The section suspends a bail order issued by a magistrate for seven days to allow the State time to contest the decision.

In its notice of appeal, the State said Singano erred in granting Madzore bail, arguing he would interfere with evidence and witnesses.

“The learned magistrate misdirected himself by making a finding that respondent (Madzore) is a proper candidate for bail pending trial,” said Sharon Fero, from the Attorney General’s office.

However, Chatukuta said: “There must be an indication as to some conduct that has been observed with regard to respondent interfering with witnesses.

“It is the view of this court that the court aquo did not err,” said Chatukuta.

Madzore allegedly insulted Mugabe during an MDC rally held at Mushumbi Pools Business Centre in
Guruve on April 27, this year.

The 38-year-old youth leader is accused of labelling Mugabe a “limping donkey who is making it difficult for (Prime Minister) Morgan Tsvangirai to rule properly in the unity government”.

It is a criminal offence in Zimbabwe to insult the person or office of the President. Madzore is denying the allegations. - Tendai Kamhungira

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