Madzore's referral bid suffers setback

HARARE - MDC youth leader Solomon Madzore’s bid to have his case referred to the Constitutional Court is dragging on, after the State failed to file a response to the request.

Magistrate Elisha Singano on Wednesday postponed the matter to August 23, for ruling to accord the State an opportunity to respond to Madzore’s application.

Madzore, 38, is accused of calling President Robert Mugabe a “limping donkey, who is making it difficult for Morgan Tsvangirai (Prime Minister) to rule properly in the unity government” during an MDC rally held at Mushumbi Pools Business Centre in Guruve on April 27, this year.

It is a criminal offence in Zimbabwe to insult the person or office of the President.

Madzore is denying the allegations.

When he was arrested, the MDC youth leader spent over a week in custody despite being granted $100 bail, after the State appealed against Singano’s ruling.

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

He was later freed by High Court Judge Felistas Chatukuta, who upheld Singano’s decision.

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