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Two MDC MPs Granted Bail

TWO MDC MPs who were still in police custody after the state appealed against their release were yesterday freed on bail by the High Court.

The MPs, Pearson Mungofa of Highfield and Bednock Nyaude of Bindura South, were granted bail last week but were not released after the state appealed against the move.  
The state had evoked provisions of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act which allow it to file an appeal for up to seven days while the suspect is in remand.
Mungofa is accused of teaming up with Tichaona Mudzingwa and spreading lies that Morgan Tsvangirai had won the March 29 harmonised elections while Nyaude was arrested on attempted murder charges and contravening the Firearms Act.
MDC lawyer Alec Muchadehama said the High Court yesterday morning granted bail to the MPs.
“The High Court issued a desist order against the state appeal and the MPs were granted bail,” he said.
However, Muchadehama expressed concern over the delays in trials of more than 80 MDC supporters around the country who were arrested on charges of either inciting violence, causing malicious damage to property or attempted murder.
“A lot of MDC supporters are having their liberty being constrained. Their matters stretch as far as March 29 but it’s now six months and they still have not set trial dates.”
The highest number of the MDC activists in remand prison are from Mashonaland Central, especially areas like Bindura and Chiweshe, and from Manicaland.
Meanwhile Epworth MP Eliah Jembere who was further remanded out of custody to October 20, had his wife Judith detained and interrogated for seven hours on Monday. She was later released after the intervention of Muchadehama.
MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said the continued harassment of MDC legislators by the state security agents was a direct affront to the will of the people who voted for change on March 29.
Two other legislators who have since been released on bail facing different charges are Mathias Mlambo of Chipinge East and Trevor Saruwaka of Mutasa.

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