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Eight ZANU-PF members accused of murdering Cephas Magu-ra, an MDC activist, in Mudzi in May this year were granted a 'token' US$100 bail each, by Justice Mwayera at the High Court on the 26th of October 2012.
The ZANU PF members who stand accused of the murder and were granted bail include, David Chimukoko, a local councillor, Gratiano Kazingizi, Perkins Karikoga, Biggie Office, Bob Raphael and Phillip Katsande. The defence team outlined the personal circumstances of each of the bail applicants (the accused) and cited that they all voluntarily went to the police station when asked to. The defence told the court that the State's case was weak as no one had come forward and identified the accused as the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
In a bizarre twist the other two co-accused never got their day in court; Eric Katiza died in custody at Mutoko Prison in July this year and Tangwe Chionerwa collapsed and died at Katiza's funeral. The Crisis Report team received reports that the mys-tery surrounding these incidences is attributed to Magura's avenging spirits that are terrorizing anyone who was responsi-ble for his death. "The stories might sound unreal but they are true. I can confirm reports on an avenging spirit that has been haunting those responsible for Magura's death asking them why they killed him," confirmed MDC-T Councillor Fungai Ma-hachi of Ward 1, (Mudzi North).
The bail conditions stipulate that the accused persons should not interfere with state witnesses and report to Kotwa Police Station in Mudzi once a week on Fridays between 6am and 6pm. The conditions also stipulate that the accused reside at the place of residence they each submitted upon arrest until the case is finalised.
When contrasted with other politically charged 'murder' hear-ings and rulings, this ruling seems patently favourable, with the adverse effect of vindicating analysts who have argued that the Judiciary is biased and partial to members of ZANU PF. The development is in sharp contrast to the case of the 31 Glen View residents who stand accused of murdering Inspec-tor Petros Mutedza in Glen View who have been battling for bail since May 2011. The 31 residents, who include the Presi-dent of the MDC Youth Assembly Mr Solomon Madzore, have all by and large been labelled MDC supporters.
According to one of the organisers of the rally which Magura was attending the day he was killed, the murder oc-curred in full view of the police. A post mortem done in Harare revealed that Ma-gura was stoned to death. Zanu PF activists were later arrested for the crime which took place at Chimukoko Business Centre. Aqualinah Katsande and Newton Kachepa, Zanu PF MP for Mudzi North were also implicated in Magura's murder and other violent incidents that rocked the area in May this year.
Court watchers have argued that the case of the Magura Ac-cused Murders is no different from the 6 Shamva policemen who were released on US$50 bail each for murdering Luxmore Chivambo on 17 March 2012. Chivambo was suspected in con-nection with the disappearance of a handbag containing some money and a cell phone belonging to the wife of the Officer-in-Charge at Shamva Police Station. Residents at Ashley Mining compound, including Luxmore, were savagely attacked by po-lice officers as they tried to recover the stolen 'goods'. The police officers Motion Jakopo (41), Simon Mafunda (32), Mi-chael Makwalo (30), Lee Makope (23), Benedict Tapfuma (22) and Blessing Saidi (26) continue to walk freely despite the gravity of the crime they committed.
Cynthia Manjoro, (pictured below) who for over a year was in Chukurubi maximum prison in connection with the Glenview murder, was granted US$ 500.