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Court In Mutoko, Zimbabwe, Arraigns Ruling Party Activists In Assault

A magistrate's court in the Zimbabwean town of Mutoko admitted charges of malicious injury to property and assault against two members of the ruling ZANU-PF party on Monday in connection with the stoning of an opposition vehicle Saturday night.

The court set bail of Z$15 million, about US$10 at the parallel market exchange rate, for ZANU-PF activists Gift Katanha and Rodgers Saidi. The ruling party members are accused of stoning a truck belonging to the Mashonaland East provincial branch of the Movement for Democratic Change, the country's main opposition party.

MDC sources said one person was injured in the attack.

The court dismissed two MDC members who were arrested on their arrival late Saturday at the Mutoko police station to hand over their alleged assailants. They were charged with assaulting the two men in the process of apprehending them.

MDC Organizing Secretary for Mashonaland East Piniel Denga told Jonga Kandemiiri that political intimidation continues though crisis resolution talks between Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition continue under South African mediation.

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