Chi-Town violence: MDC youths granted bail

CHITUNGWIZA - Magistrate Don Ndirowei yesterday granted $50 bail to four MDC youths who were arrested following violence in the town which left at least seven MDC supporters injured last weekend.

The State has charged the four, Foster Chabuka, Crispen Muchabaiwa, Kudakwashe Zungunde and John Chatunzwa with malicious damage to property as defined in section 140 of the criminal law (codification and reform) Act chapter 9;3.

The case took a twist when the defence lawyer Tapiwa Muchineripi of Muchineripi and Associates said his clients had complaints against the police citing a serious breach of accused persons’ rights to protection of the law in terms of Article 56 subsection 1 of the Constitution of  Zimbabwe.

“In the sense that the alleged complainant in the matter and his group of about 20 kidnapped and severely beat the accused persons who sustained serious injuries and whilst at St Mary’s police, they unsuccessfully attempted to file criminal complaints against the complainants,” Muchineripi said.

The lawyer also added that the accused were denied medical treatment while in police detention.

Magistrate Ndirowei postponed the matter to April 7 ordering  the four to report to St Mary’s Police Station every Friday and not to interfere with State witnesses as part of the bail conditions..

According to the State, the four accused and others who are still at large on Saturday March 21 around 1200 hours proceeded to stand number 1841 at an open space in St Mary’s and started destroying a one-roomed building belonging to Norman Kuzanga.

They were accused of having used a hoe and rake to bring the structure down to window level and the roof of the building curved inwards causing damage to property worth $330.

The other accused, Zungunde, was also charged on a separate charge that on Saturday 21 March they proceeded to Stand number 6269 Manyame Park in St Mary’s tearing a Zanu PF wrapping cloth bearing the image of President Robert Mugabe and also proceeded with others to threaten to assault the complainant Leeny Sauriri.

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