State Drops Charges Against MDC Mayor

HARARE, – Mutare Deputy Mayor Admire Mukorera is now a free man after a state prosecutor withdrew charges of public violence against him.

A state prosecutor only identified as Shumba withdrew the charges before plea late Monday at Murambinda Magistrates Court before Magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

Mukorera was granted US$50 bail a fortnight ago after he was arrested twice within a week, on charges of committing acts of violence in Buhera.

But on Monday Prosecutor Shumba withdrew the charges against Mukorera.

Trust Maanda, Mukorera’s lawyer with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), told RadioVOP that Shumba dropped the charges after Maanda indicated that he would apply for refusal of further remand.

"Shumba discovered that we were about to make an application for refusal of further remand and then he withdrew the charges against Mukorera before plea," Maanda said in a telephone interview from Murambinda.

Maanda also disclosed that Magistrate Mahwe had granted bail to fourteen Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) members who were being charged with committing several acts of public violence.

The fourteen, who were arrested two weeks ago for allegedly assaulting several people and torching houses belonging to some ZANU PF supporters in Buhera, were ordered to pay US$50 bail each.