MDC-T blasts sentencing of activists

Mlondolozi Ndlovu

Angered by the shock sentencing of party youth executive, Yvonne Musarurwa by the High Court on Monday, the MDC-T youth assembly threw caution to the wind, blasting Justice Chinembiri Bhunu for allegedly passing political judgements, further threatening to demand the judge’s removal from handling political matters.


Yvonne Musarurwa

Musarurwa, together with Harare councilor Tungamirai Madzokere and Last Maengahama, now a PDP official, were each slapped with 20 year jail terms after the court found them guilty for killing police inspector Petros Mutedza in May 2011.

The three were found guilty among 29 activists who went through a lengthy trial at the High Court.

Following the sentence, MDC-T youth assembly secretary general Lovemore Chinoputsa said the party’s youth organ was saddened by the harsh sentences further accusing the judge of pandering to the whims of their Zanu PF rivals.

“We believe that this is a deliberate political ploy by Zanu PF to instill fear in the masses of Zimbabwe,” Chinoputsa said in a statement.

“We are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that Yvonne Musarurwa together with Councillor Tungamirai Madzokere and Last Maengahama are not guilty. We take great exception to the abuse of the Judiciary to settle personal and political scores. Zanu Pf must be stopped as a matter of urgency.”

The MDC-T said it was concerned Bhunu was  being used by their rivals to do a hatchet job on party politicians.

Said the MDC-T youth leader, “We note with concern that One Chinembiri Bhunu has been at the forefront of churning out dubious judgements. We call upon Bhunu to desist from being abused by a desperate regime that is on its way out.

“There will be good life after this regime and we wish to make it clear that Bhunu has played and crooked in Zanu Pf corner. We have lost confidence in Bhunu handling human rights

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