Welshman Ncube MDC pays bail for Mthwakazi leader
Bulawayo, – The Welshman Ncube led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Friday came to the rescue of Charles Thomas, the Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) head of Security, by paying his bail so that he could be released from Khami Maximum Remand Prison.
Thomas had been languishing in prison because his party had failed to raise the required US$2 000 bail that was granted by the High Court a week ago.
The MDC party spokesperson for Bulawayo Province, Edwin Ndlovu said that his party had paid the bail for Thomas. Ndlovu said that the MDC decided to do so after realising that the MLF leader was left to suffer under the jaws of Zanu (PF) despite granted bail by High Court a week ago.
“We have paid Thomas’ US$2000 bail today and we did this after realising that, although we differ in principle with his party MLF, we are fighting a common enemy Zanu (PF), which is again very tribal.
“In the last few weeks we also rescued one Lovemore Moyo of the MDC –T from the prey of Zanu (PF). We call upon all Zimbabweans and institutions fighting for democracy in Zimbabwe to join us in delivering the final blow to Zanu (PF),”said Ndlovu.
Lovemore Moyo, a member of the mainstream MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai recently won back his position as Zimbabwe parliament speaker after the Supreme Court had nullified his position citing irregularities in the election procedures two years ago. The smaller faction of the MDC came to the rescue of Moyo as all its seven MPs voted for him resulting in Moyo beating the Zanu (PF) candidate Simon Khaya Moyo.
Thomas and other two MLF executive members namely John Gazi and Paul Siwela are currently facing treason charges following their arrest last month in Bulawayo for distributing party flyers. Gazi who was granted US$2000 bail together with Thomas was released on Monday after his son living in the United Kindgom paid his bail money. But Siwela was denied bail since he is facing another charge of Public Order Security Act (POSA). This week the MLF secretary for legal affairs Sabelo Ngwenya announced that MLF was still making efforts to raise funds for Thomas’ bail.
The militant and radical MLF was launched in January this year and is advocating for the independence of the Matabeleland region located in the southern part of Zimbabwe saying the Ndebele speaking people of have been marginalised by the government for too long and also face discrimination every day at work places and tertiary institutions.
The call for Matabeleland secession from Zimbabwe appeared to have been encouraged by events in South Sudan where people there voted overwhelmingly to break away from mainland Sudan in a referendum.