(TOP) The coffin bearing Cde David's body is draped with Satrurday's copy of The Hearld (BELOW)Munya Gwisai and Tatenda Momberara at the court today(Pics: Lenin Ti Chisaira)
The six comrades facing trial at the Harare Magistrates Court have been remanded to the 22nd of August 2011.The six are Munyaradzi Gwisai, Tafadzwa Choto, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Hopewell Gumbo, Edison Chakuma and Welcome Zimuto. The trial had been originally pegged for the morning but it only kicked of at 1500hrs.The prosecution has come up with a new charge, that is, Inciting Public Violence which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
We are not satisfied with this development. We remain committed to our resolve that there should have been no charges in the first place. The meeting of the 19th of February was legitimate and a democratic right. These fake and trumped up charges are coming at a great cost. Already one of the original 45 treason trialists, David Mpatsi has died following a rapid deterioration of his health arising from his incarceration and denial of medical treatment. We hold the regime responsible for this death and the fate of his three children that he has left behind. He indeed has paid the death penalty.
Comrades this is a ruthless regime which will not stop at anything to maintain its illegitimate hold on power and serve the interests of the ruling class. Our comrades still face a serious charge of up to 10 years imprisonment in the regime’s horror prisons where many have died. Only international solidarity backed by militant mobilisation locally will stop this regime. We therefore call for your continued support.
We would like to thank the scores of activists who attended court today and those who sent solidarity messages. Aluta continua!
National Coordinating Committee
International Socialist Organisation (ISO) Zimbabwe