Tungamirai Madzokere, Last Maengahama Acquitted By Supreme Court After 8 Years In Prison
Two opposition MDC activists Tungamirai Madzokere and Last Maengahama have been acquitted by the Supreme Court following more than 8 years in prison. Madzokere and Maengahama were sentenced to 20 years in prison after they were convicted of the murder of a police officer in Glen View in 2011.
The Supreme Court has now overturned the conviction by the High Court in 2015 which saw Madzokere and Maengahama incarcerated at the Chikurubi Maximum Prison in Harare. The Supreme Court ordered the pair’s immediate release. The third activist who was convicted of the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedza, Yvonne Musaruwa was released in March 2018 after she was granted amnesty by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Musarurwa is now a member of parliament, one of the proportional representation MPs for the Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T.
Below are some of the reactions from social media following the announcement that Last Maengahama and Tungamirai Madzokere have been acquitted by the Supreme Court.
You’re on point! The whole thing’s a mess. Judiciary is being exposed as politicians, wolves in sheep’s clothing. There’s no longer judicial prudence as the true colours are beginning to show. It’ll take a lot to repair this damaged reputation whilst affecting those not involved https://t.co/baMnDqWKf3
— Hon. Temba P. Mliswa (@TembaMliswa) June 4, 2021
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
Families were disturbed
Lives were destroyed
Someone has to pay but even though there is no reparation sufficient for the suffering already endured
— ZCTU – Zimbabwe (@ZctuZimbabwe) June 4, 2021
After 8 years in prison Tungamirai Madzokere and Last Maengahama have now been acquitted. The matter spent years awaiting Supreme Court ruling. It is a matter of justice to demand of our courts speedy handing down of judgments. Nothing can restore the 8 years lost to Last & Tunga
— Musa Kika (@KikaMusa) June 4, 2021
The greatest travesties of justice ever.
Tungamirai Madzokere and Last Maengahama spent 8 years in jail for a crime they did not commit. Their only crime was being members of the MDC. The Zanu PF govt knew they were innocent. Zimbabwe is one huge crime scene. Thank you @ZLHR https://t.co/LevdxnML0b
— Siphosami Malunga (@SiphoMalunga) June 4, 2021
Totenda ishe as Last Maengahama and Tungamirai Madzokere have at last been acquitted by the Supreme Court .their co accused was freed long time ago and she is a @DMwonzora parliamentarian .l wonder why the two @mdczimbabwe members stayed for 8 year mu jeri vasinamhaka pic.twitter.com/VhSheNtB3o
— Mfecane (@TendayiZinyama) June 4, 2021
and Tungamirai Madzokere
finally acquitted by the Supreme Court.
8 years in jail for a crime they didn’t commit.
— Violet Gonda (@violetgonda) June 4, 2021
LAST MAENGAHAMA and TUNGAMIRAI MADZOKERE are in prison because of Malaba and Chinembiri Bhunu and a year has gone since the Supreme Court Appeal was heard but no judgement yet, judgement belayed is judgement denied.
— Needmorelords (@needmorelords) June 3, 2021
MDC duo Tungamirai Madzokere and Last Maengahama after spent 8 years in prison accused of the 2011 killing of police Inspector Petros Mutedzi in Glen View. Justice Bhunu had sentenced them to 20 year. Supreme Court clears them to. Surely this injustice must end. Its evil pic.twitter.com/3WgESnFIZC
— Pedzisai Ruhanya (@PedzisaiRuhanya) June 4, 2021
2. Those of us who have kept watch are relieved by news of their acquittal. They can now return to their homes to be with their families. They never gave up hope. The day has come. They should never have been in jail in the first place. This is how law is weaponised by ZANU PF.
— Alex T Magaisa (@Wamagaisa) June 4, 2021
Meet Last Maengahama & Tungamirai Madzorera. They’ve been in jail for 8 years on a baseless murder charge. Last was at church when the alleged crime happened. They led video evidence to prove their innocence. It was ignored.
Today, they were acquitted by the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/IQ8W3anP3x
— Fadzayi Mahere (@advocatemahere) June 4, 2021
2. When Jestina Mukoko was wrongfully abducted & tortured in 2008, not only was her prosecution stopped by the court, she sued and won damages against the State. It took an inordinately long time to receive her compensation. But her case stands as a good & recent precedent.
— Alex T Magaisa (@Wamagaisa) June 4, 2021
So they remained locked up as they waited for their appeal to be heard but when Malaba lodged his appeal he had to go back to work! Are we equal before the law here?
— Shana Fungai (@ElderFungai) June 4, 2021
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