|Youth Assembly President: Solomon Madzore|
Today, Monday 11 June 2012 at 1000hrs, the 29 are appearing in court again for their 5th day of their trial before Justice Chinembiri Bhunu. They are facing fake charges of murdering a police officer at a popular beer outlet in Glenview on the 29th of May last year.
The 29 are in remand prison most of them since May 2011. This is a clear evidence of absence of justice, law, freedom and the respect of our own constitution and agreements. Their arrest and detention is both political and illegal hence unconstitutional. Last week four out of twenty state witnesses were testifying, no one of them was uttering substance, it was stage managed.
The Attorney General, ZRP Commissioner General and other service chiefs have been open on several instances proclaiming their faithfulness to the former ruling party ZANU PF. On several occasions MDC members and rights activists have been abducted, arrested, tortured, brutalized, detained, beaten, maimed and killed in cold blood by ZANU PF using the securocrats. President Tsvangirai has on several occasions castigated this outrageous behaviors and call for peace. Recently they killed baba Cephas Magura in Mudzi, the killers are known and one of them is a Member of Parliament for Mudzi North, Kachepa, he is a free man.
The defense council comprising of senior Human rights lawyers Beatrice Mtetwa, Selby Hwacha, Aleck Muchadehama, Charles Kwaramba, Gift Mtisi and Jeremiah Bhamu has submitted fresh Bail application before Justice Bhunu on Tuesday. We are still waiting for the ruling as the trial progresses. On countless occasions the 29 have been denied bail at the High Court, but on this we are still very hopeful.
They are innocent until proven guilty. They deserve to enjoy their liberty as enshrined in our own constitution, old or new. We demand their immediate and unconditional release.
We remain focused and united in these trying times.
Let’s all come, court O, in solidarity with our cdes.
For and on behalf of MDC Youth Assembly
National Youth Spokesperson
Together to end,building a youth with a difference.