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Two more MDC Alliance activists in court; blamed for post-election killings

By Mary Taruvinga


Chamunorwa Madya

TWO more MDC Alliance activists were on Monday dragged to court on allegations of participating in violent demonstrations over last month’s election results.

Chamunorwa Madya, 38, Deputy Secretary-General for the MDC Alliance Youth Assembly and Mafaiti Mubaiwa, aged 32, appeared before Harare magistrate Nyasha Vhitorini facing public violence charges.

The two were released on $50 bail each with the case was remanded to September 18 for trial.

Deadly violence rocked Harare as opposition activists protested against the presidential election results after the July 30 ballot.

Six people were killed, and several others injured after the military moved into the city centre, shooting at the crowds.

The killings were widely condemned internationally prompting president Emmerson Mnangagwa to set up a commission of inquiry headed by former South Africa president Kgalema Motlanthe and comprising local and other international experts.

Meanwhile, some 30 suspected accomplices also appeared before the same magistrate who remanded them to the same date.

The State is holding the suspects accountable for the deaths of six people who were shot dead during the protests.

According to prosecutors, the suspects burnt vehicles, a bus and banners belonging to Zanu PF party.

They allegedly destroyed property worth $345,000 and nothing was recovered.

One Sibusisiwe Eva Zimunya also had her vehicle, a Honda CRV, burnt during the protests.

All the suspects are denying the allegations.

Most of them – through their lawyers – argued that they were caught in an indiscriminate police dragnet arrest.

Some of them argued they were MDC Alliance officials arrested while on duty at Harvest house.

They are being represented by human rights lawyers.