The MDC Youth Assembly welcome the news from the High Court in which Justice Chinembiri Bhunu granted bail to 21 MDC activists falsely accused of killing a cop in Glenview in May last year. However we also lament the fact that 5 of them have been denied bail and the court said they cannot be released because they are flight risks. This is not worth mentioning as the 5 were previously on bail and did not breach any bail provision.
The 5 are National Executive member Last Tamai Maengahama, MDCYA Harare province Organising Secretary Rebecca Mafikeni, Gender Rep Yvonne Musarurwa, Glenview Cllr Tungamirai Madzokere and Simon Mapanzure from Mufakose.
We want to give credit to the defence team of Beatrice Mtetwa, Aleck Muchadehama, Gift Mtisi, Charles Kwaramba, Jeremiah Bhamu and Selby Hwacha.
We also want to take this opportunity to congratulate their families who remained resolute and hopeful during the trying times and also urge the families of the remaining 5 to remain strong and hopeful one day justice shall prevail.
We also want to thank cdes and friends who regularly thronged the high court during the trial, the gallery was always full and we also expect that will continue as trial progresses. In that regard we also want to thank those who could not attend the court sessions who made prayers from their homes and offices.
We also want to give credit to the leadership of the party and that of the Assembly in Particular for organising various pressure initiatives including demonstrations, prayer meetings and rallies across the country.
We therefore urge the state to be professional enough and stop wasting time where trial commences in the next term. We also continue demanding the unconditional release of the remaining five persecuted true cadres of the struggle.
Justice delayed is Justice denied: Free them now!!!
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