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10 October 2004

Zimbabwe's Civil Servants

Civil servants forced to bankroll welcome bash for murder suspects

Date:9-Oct, 2004

CIVIL servants in Buhera are angry over a decision by the Zanu PF leadership at Murambinda Growth Point to force them to each contribute towards a bash to celebrate the release from jail, on bail, of three ruling party activists who are facing murder charges. Webster Gwama, Morris Kainos Zimunya (better knon as Kitsiyatota) and Johnson Mudzamiri were released on $5 million bail each. They
all face two charges of murder. They are alleged to have murdered Tichaona Chiminya and Talent Mabika during the run-up to the 2000 parliamentary election. The three Zanu PF activists together with Joseph Mwale, a top CIO operative, allegedly beat up the two before setting on fire the vehicle they were in. They died as a result of the burns. The three were arrested and arraigned before the courts facing murder charges and were eventually released on bail by High Court
Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu. Mwale, is however, still at large although his whereabouts are known. Mwale is widely known to be operating from Mutoko District, 143 km north east of Harare.

After the release of the trio from prison, the Zanu PF leadership at Murambinda ordered that all civil servants contribute ZW$5 000 each for a bash to welcome the alleged murderers. It is not yet clear when the welcome bash would be held.

(www.daily-news.co.za)

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