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MDC activists' bail hearing postponed again

 

The bail hearing for the 26 Movement for Democratic Change (MDC- T) activists was today postponed again as the state prosecutor was reported to be unavailable till tomorrow 8 March 2012. The postponement becomes the 2nd in one week after the matter was first postponed yesterday.

 

According to the Defence, the matter was postponed after the State prosecutor; Edmore Nyazamba failed to turn up for the hearing as he was attending the bail hearing for the MDC Youth Assembly Chairperson, Solomon Madzore at the Supreme Court. The 26 were taken back into custody on the 1st of March after being indicted for trial which starts on the 12th of March 2012.Nyazamba had yesterday promised to send another prosecutor to stand for him in the High Court as he attends to the Supreme Court matter. The hope is that this is not another ploy to unjustifiably postpone the matter as happened today.

Among those in custody are, Zimrights National Programs Coordinator, Cynthia Manjoro, MDC National Executive member, Last Maengahama, councilor for Glen View Ward 32, Glen View, Tungamirai Madzokere and Oddrey Chimombe, the councilor for Budiriro Ward 33.

Meanwhile, efforts are underway to obtain a written judgment on Paul Nganeropa's bail application to enable an application for leave to appeal to be filed on his behalf. Nganeropa was arrested early this year in connection with the same case.

It is fast becoming beyond dispute that credibility in Zimbabwe's courts to administer justice is almost shaken. The Coalition insists that the is need to constitute  judicial reforms in order to realize simple procedure codes without complexities and to eradicate time consuming practices of long, lengthy and prolonged court hearings and trials.

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