Beatrice Mtetwa granted bail

Beatrice Mtetwa granted bail

High Court judge, Justice Joseph Musakwa granted bail to prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on Monday, March 25 in Harare. Mtetwa's bail was granted on three conditions which are; that she deposits 500 dollars, that she resides at the given address and that she doesn't interfere with investigations.


A collective sigh of relief interspersed with mutterings of exasperation at the un-necessity of it all emanated from Court C following a ruling by Justice Musakwa granting bail to Ms Mtetwa and signifying the end of her week-long incarceration.


"I am personally happy with the ruling of Justice Musakwa, overturning obviously a very wrong decision from the Magistrate's court but I must emphasize that this thing was not necessary, € said Mr Harrison Nkomo, one of the lawyers representing Ms Mtetwa.


Mr Nkomo maintained that the legal circus that had ensued around Ms Mtetwa's arrest, detainment and denial of bail had not been necessary.


"We were not supposed to be here in the first place and those remarks are contained in the judgment of Justice Musakwa, € maintained Mr Nkomo.


Last week Harare Magistrate, Ms Marehwanazvo Gofa, denied Ms Mtetwa bail and remanded her to police custody until April 3, ruling that Ms Mtetwa had disturbed police when they were carrying out their duties.


Mtetwa who was arrested on Sunday, March 17, 2013 had sought a High Court order which was granted a few hours after the human rights lawyer's arrest, ordering the police to release her without delay. The High Court order was completely and unscrupulously disregarded and not adhered to by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).


Mtetwa was arrested during the course of duty a day after the national referendum when she demanded to see a search warrant as police searched the house of her client, the Prime Minister's Legal Advisor, Thabani Mpofu. According to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)Ms Mtetwa ostensibly obstructed the course of justice by telling the police, "Stop whatever you are doing, it is unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic. €



Speaking to the possibility that the latest High Court order may prove as futile as the one issued by Justice Charles Hungwe last week and was ignored by both the police and the Magistrate, Mr Nkomo stated: "It's basically speculative but I think that now we are dealing with a separate arm of the State because now the persons who have Ms. Mtetwa in their custody is the Zimbabwe Prisons Services and upon signing of the warrant of liberation, in the normal course of events must release her €.

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