Tsvangirai staffers released on bail

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By Zimbabwe Investor on March 27, 2013. No Comments

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Three staff members from Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s office and a councillor who were arrested a day after the new constitution referendum together with human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa have been released on US$500 bail each by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu.

Thabani Mpofu, Felix Matsinde, Mehluli Tshuma, the three officials and Harare Councillor, Warship Dumba were arrested more than a week ago on charges of impersonating the police and breaching the Official Secrecy Act.

The four were denied bail last week by Harare Magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa who ruled that the charges they were facing were serious and that they were a flight risk.

Justice Bhunu however dismissed the magistrate’s reasoning say her line appeared “rather illogical and inconsistent with common sense and reality”.

Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who was also denied bail by the same magistrate was on Monday released on bail granted by the High Court.

Zimbabwe is expected to go to polls within the next four months where the coalition partners ZANU (PF) and the two MDCs will battle it out for the right to rule the troubled country. Elections in 2008 were marred by political violence which led to the SADC brokered inclusive government.