THREE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activists accused of murdering war veterans leader Cain Nkala ahead of the 2002 presidential election were last week released on bail after spending tw
o years behind bars.
The three – Remember Moyo, Khethani Sibanda and Sazini Mpofu – were released from prison on $1 million bail each.
Granting the order Justice Chitakunye said the three should as part of the bail conditions report to the Bulawayo CID Law and Order Section three times a week and reside at the addresses given in their application.
“I am of the view that the applicants have clearly shown that the interest of justice will not be prejudiced by their admission to bail, accordingly it is ordered that the applicants shall deposit a sum of $1 million with the Registrar of the High Court in Harare.
“The applicants shall surrender to the Registrar of the High Court all their travel documents,” says the judgement handed down by Justice Chitakunye.
The state had earlier argued that the three would abscond if granted bail noting that the trial had reached an advanced stage.
The accused’s lawyer Nicholas Mathonsi however argued that there was no reason for the applicants to abscond as the state had led almost all the evidence and there was no risk of the applicants interfering with witnesses.
The lawyer further argued that the three other accused jointly charged with the applicants were out on bail and had been attending court.