MDC officials are charged, as unity talks hangs in the balance

MDC’s Nelson Chamisa said, "Clearly they are the ones who bombed those buildings… to create evidence to justify a crackdown on the opposition," Mr Chamisa said.

The prosecution also claims the accused detonated two bombs which blew up a 60cm stretch of rail track at Norton, near Harare, on 21 August. 

It is believed that the MDC has decided not to cooperate with SADC leaders, particulary South African government, which has former President Thabo Mbeki and the current Foreign Minister  Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma running the same structures and personnel that have kept Robert Mugabe in power for many years.

Sources revealed that, on his resignation Thabo Mbeki handed over his Zimbabwe Unit talks secret documents to the Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and informed the incoming President Kgalame Motlanthe that she was the "best" custodian of all the important information.

Thabo Mbeki and Robert Mugabe worked tirelessly for the Foreign Minister to keep her job when other cabinet Ministers resigned enmass in sympathy to the sacking of the former President by the ruling ANC.

The Foreign Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini has a cattle range in Zimbabwe’s Southern regions and another farm near Norton and is reported to have had a romantic relationship with one of Robert Mugabe’s cabinet Ministers, Dr Stan Mudenge.

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for an emergency SADC meeting in the coming week to try and put more pressure on Morgan Tsvangirai to be sworn-in by Robert Mugabe as the new Prime Minister, but the MDC has decided counter that with a no-cooporation resolution to be passed on Friday.

The country’s rogue strongman, Robert Mugabe has history of nailing opponents on similar cynical charges and pressure is mounting for MDC to withdraw from unity talks, or else they risk fake evidence planted in their offices as unity government officials 

Speaking on condition of anoniminity, a Senior MDC official told our reporter that MDC is urging the leadership to call for a National Council in the coming days to pass a resolution that suspense talks with Zanu PF.

Emmanuel Dhlamini, a former police superintendent who is MDC-T’s head of security and intelligence; Gandhi Mudzingwa, a personal advisor to party leader Morgan Tsvangirai; Chinoto Zulu, a security officer; Andrison Manyere, a freelance journalist; and Zacharia Nkomo are being alternatively charged with malicious damage to property.

Harare provincial magistrate Mr Mishrod Guvamombe remanded the five in custody, but allowed them to be examined and treated by doctors of their choice in remand prison after they claimed to have been tortured while in police custody.

Mr Guvamombe’s ruling dovetailed with a High Court order made by Justice Yunus Omerjee compelling the police to ensure that the five, among others, be examined and treated by medical practitioners of their choice.

Chief law officer Mr Tawanda Zvekare appeared for the State while Mr Alec Muchadehama of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni defended the five.

Mr Muchadehama gave notice to the court that he would challenge the placement of his clients on remand on the next remand date.

Charges against the five arose on August 2 around 6pm when they allegedly sneaked into Harare Central Police Station armed with PE77 explosives and safety fuses.

It is the State’s case that they bombed a kitchen in the section housing the Criminal Investigation Department and damaged sinks, doors, 24 windowpanes and walls.

On August 21 around 11pm, it is alleged the five went to Manyame River Bridge at the 37km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo Road armed with explosives.

There they allegedly set two bombs at the river bridge and another at the rail bridge before igniting them simultaneously and blowing off a 60cm piece of the railway line.

On November 17, the five allegedly bombed a men’s toilet near the CID Headquarters in the city, damaging the building’s roof, windows and doors.

The last incident allegedly occurred three days later around 2pm when the five again went to Harare Central Police Station where they allegedly bombed the investigation section and damaged windowpanes, walls and doors.

According to the State, all the offences were committed for the purposes of furthering or causing insurrection in the country.

Police investigations later led to the recovery of cordtex fuses from Dhlamini’s toolbox, tear smoke grenades from Mudzingwa’s pockets and 48 rounds of ammunition from Nkomo’s bedroom.