Youth leader Solomon Madzore of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will spend another seven days in prison after the state invoked a section of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act to keep him locked up following the granting of his bail application by a Bindura magistrate on charges of insulting President Robert Mugabe.
The prosecution team, led by Munyaradzi Mataranyika, invoked Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act after magistrate Elisha Chingano had ordered Madzore to deposit a $100 bail for allegedly undermining the authority of the president.
Madzore’s lawyer, Charles Kwaramba, said Madzore was a good candidate for bail because he did not abscond trial on a more serious charge of allegedly murdering Police Inspector Petros Mutedza in May 2011 after he was freed on bail.
Despite the murder charge, Kwaramba said, his client returned to Zimbabwe after he applied for the release of his passport to enable him to travel to Netherlands and Denmark while on bail on the murder charge.
But Mataranyika opposed bail insisting that the MDC-T youth leader was a flight risk.
However, magistrate Chingano ordered the activist to deposit the bail with the clerk of court and not interfere with witnesses before the state’s invocation of the dreaded Section 121.
Madzore was arrested in Harare last Thursday and taken to Bindura Police Station for further questioning before being charged with insulting Mr. Mugabe.
He is alleged to have called the president “a limping donkey”. But the young politician is denying the charges.
Meanwhile, there were skirmishes outside the court house when police officers tried to arrest some MDC-T youth leaders who had gathered to support Madzore. The youths, who came from different parts of the country, denounced his arrest, calling for his immediate release.
MDC-T Youth League secretary general Promise Mkhwananzi said the youths will continue to picket the courthouse everytime there is a hearing until Madzore is freed.