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Zimbabwe's Opposition MDC Campaigns For Release Of Its Members

The Movement for Democratic Change faction led by founding president Morgan Tsvangirai, Friday launched a campaign for the release of dozens of its members who are languishing in remand prison for alleged political offences.

Themed Free Them Now,” the party hoped to raise awareness about the plight of its members accused of committing acts of banditry, insurgence and sabotage amongst other allegations.

Correspondent Thomas Chiripasi of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe filed this report from Harare....

Meanwhile, the Tsvangirai-led MDC faction was was dealt a serious blow Thursday, when the Supreme Court struck off from the roll, the case regarding the urgent enforcement of high court orders.

This decision directly impacts the case involving founding MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai, his advisor Ian Makone, Paul Madzore, MP for Glen View, and several other MDC officials.

The Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku and Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza, Justice Paddington Garwe, Justice Wilson Sandura and Justice Luke Malaba, struck off the case, saying the matter was brought before the Supreme Court improperly.

Tafadzwa Mugabe, one of the lawyers representing the applicants, told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, that Thursday's ruling empowers public officials to decide whether or not to comply with urgent court orders, knowing they have the support of the highest court in the country.

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