Coup Plotters Launch Fresh Freedom Bid

Harare, – Two alleged coup plotters on Wednesday made a fresh bid for freedom by lodging a bail application in the High Court.

Pattison Mupfure and Nyasha Ziviki, were arrested in 2007 together with five other men and charged with treason for allegedly plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe’s previous government.

In their application for bail pending trial Mupfure and Ziviki said they had been detained for almost three years without trial and neither are there any hopes of trial in the future..

“In observing the referred constitutional presumption, justice has failed to prevail on me, an innocent person,” read part of Mupfure’s bail application.

The two alleged coup plotters deny the charges leveled against them stating that not even one or all of the state witnesses know them.

Mupfure, who was employed as a Principal Instructor in the then Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare justified his bail application by stating that he has a family and elderly parents to look after.

Zikivi, who indicated that he needs to consult a physiotherapist to examine him on injuries he sustained during torture sessions by the police and state security agents, also stated that he is a bread winner to his wife, two children and his aged parents.

Besides Mupfure and Zikivi five other alleged coup plotters namely Albert Matapo, Emmanuel Marara, Oncemore Mudzurahova and Shingirai Webster Mutemachani are languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Prison where they have been detained since their arrest in 2007.

The State alleges that the coup plotters were planning a coup d’etat which would have culminated in the installation of former Rural Housing Minister and now Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa as President Mugabe’s replacement.