MDC Legislator Dragged to High Court

HARARE – Highfield East Member of Parliament Pearson Mungofa appeared at the Harare High court Thursday to answer to charges of attempting to cause disaffection among the military.\r\n

He was arrested last year after he allegedly tried to arrange a meeting with the army’s top brass in the capital Harare.

Mungofa reportedly accompanied Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Secretary for Defence Tichaona Mudzingwa to the army headquarters at KG6 on March 31 last year, to organise a power transfer strategy on behalf of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

This reportedly occurred soon after the March 2008 harmonised elections in which Tsvangirai beat president Robert Mugabe but failed to garner the requisite 50 percent plus majority that would have allowed him to automatically assume the country’s presidency.

The state says the two planned to incite army officials to engage in indiscipline against the sitting president.

State witness identified as Captain Mudzivi, said he knew nothing about the matter other than the fact that he saw the two at the army headquarters on the day in question.

Another state witness, Major General Martin Chedondo will also testify on behalf of the state on April 27.

The MDC says the charges against its officials are meant to harass them for their political affiliation.

The recent months have seen the continued arrest and detention of MDC officials and activists in violation of the Global Political Agreement entered into by the MDC and ZANU PF.