Tuesday, 6 September 2016

MDC ACTIVISTS GUILTY OF KILLING COP



THREE MDC activists, who are part of a group of seven accused of murdering a police officer, Petros Mutedza, in 2011, have been found guilty of the offence.

They are Glenview Ward 32 Councillor Last Maengehama, Tungamirai Madzokere and Yvonne Musarurwa.

After going through lengthy trial, High Court judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu on Tuesday finally found the trio guilty of murder with actual intent.

They are due for sentencing this Thursday. However, Phineas Nhatarikwa was convicted of a lesser offence of aiding the committing of the offence.

Those freed were Lazarus Maengehama, Paul Rukanda and Edwin Muingiri.  The group was arrested five years ago and charged with murder following the death of Police Inspector Petros Mutedzi on May 29, 2011.

It is the state’s case that on the day, the Glenview residents chanted MDC-T party slogans denouncing police officers while throwing stones and empty beer bottles at them.

Their actions, it is further said, resulted in the death of Inspector Mutedza.

The convicted are also party of the initial 29 activists including then MDC-T national youth leader Solomon Madzore who were arrested and spent months in remand prison awaiting trial.

The other 22 residents were acquitted at the close of the State case in 2013, while one of the MDC-T activists Rebecca Mafikeni fell ill and died while detained at Chikurubi Prison in Harare.

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