Human rights activist Cynthia Manjoro granted bail

Human rights activist Cynthia Manjoro, who was arrested and charged in connection with the murder of a police officer in Glen View in May last year, was today released on bail.

High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu conceded there was "a change in circumstances € in Manjoro's case, which warranted the mother of one to be released on US$500 bail.

The granting of bail to Cynthia comes after prominent human rights lawyer defending 29 MDC-T activists accused of killing a policeman, Beatrice Mtetwa broke down in court on Tuesday the 16th of October after State prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba requested the court adjourn after only 26 minutes in session. Mtetwa lamented on how Nyazamba was abdicating his duties and more interested in the prolonged incarceration of the accused.

Meanwhile Constable Victor Mafavhuke from Glen View police station who carried out some of the arrests testified yesterday the 16th of October and admitted that he had not seen the MDC-T members committing the crime but only acted on information from an informer. Asked to reveal the informers, Mafavhuke said he would not under whatever circumstance reveal the source. Mafavhuke further gave conflicting evidence during cross examination on whether he had seen the accused prior to the arrest by saying he had seen the accused at Glen View 4 shops.

The same was with Detective Chief Inspector Ntini who also testified today the 17th of October 2012 and told the court that all of his arrests were based on information provided by informants whose names he refused to disclose. Detective Ntini also admitted that he arrested Cynthia as bait and would release her only after Darlington Madzonga hands himself over to the police. He also admitted to have not made any follow-ups on Darlington Madzonga who is believed to have been with the Cynthia's car at the murder scene.

On the same note he also agreed that one of the accused Solomon Madzore indeed on the day had attended to his wife who was pregnant.  Detective Chief Inspector Ntini told the Court that he visited Doctor Munyoro at his surgery (V&N) in Highfields and to the amusement of the court confessed that Solomon Madzore was indeed at the Surgery on the day in question. When quizzed on why he went on to arrest Madzore, the Detective argued that Doctor Munyoro was not in his sober senses on the day he was approached and so the probability that the answers he gave were unauthentic is very high. Detective Ntini also alleged that the Doctor 'merely agreed' to Madzore's alibi because he did not want to be bothered.

However the case shall continue on Thursday the 18th of October 2012 at the High Court from 1000hrs.

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