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MDC-T Activists Face Severe Penalty in Police Murder Case

MDC-T activists appearing in court. (Photo: Thomas Chiripasi)

Zimbabwe’s High Court is today expected to sentence three members of the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai, who were this week convicted of killing Assistant Police Inspector Petros Mutedza in party riots in Harare’s Glen View suburb in 2011.

Last Maengehama, Tungamirai Madzokere and Yyvonne Musarurwa face the death penalty.

Scores of people are at the High Court in Harare to follow the proceedings inside and outside the court.

It still remains to be seen whether the three will be sentenced to death as one of the country’s vice presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa, opposes such punishment. He once faced the hang man’s noose under the colonial Ian Smith regime when he fought against colonialism.

Their co-accused, Pheneus Nhatarikwa, was granted bail.

Meanwhile, pro-democracy activists Linda Masarire, Promise Mkwananzi of Tajamuka-Sesijikile Campaign and Kerina Gweshe, who were arrested for spearheading protests against the deteriorating social and economic situation in Zimbabwe and President Robert Mugabe’s rule, have approached the courts to seek bail.