By Sibonginkosi Maphosa
Nine Mthwakazi Republic Party ( MRP) members were on Thursday remanded in custody to Tuesday the 16th of March.
The accused are Sibongile Banda , Tinos Nkomo, Maxwell Nkosi , Mongameli Mlotshwa, Welcome Moyo, Nkosilathi Ncube, Ackim Ndebele and Busi Moyo whose ages were not provided.
Presiding over the case Magistrate Tavengwa Sangster charged the nine for public violence.
Meanwhile the accused persons counsel Prince Bhutshe Dube , challenged the Zimbabwe Republic Police precisely Bulawayo Central Police Station members for extremely assaulting his clients and further asked the courts to grant the accused permission to get medical attention.
“As legal practitioners of the accused person’s we applied to the court to order that they all be sent for medical examinations because almost all of them had visible injuries and therefore we thought it necessary to make that application. We also applied that the accused persons be allowed to file criminal complaints against the specific police officers who actually assaulted them and these particular assaults relate to the assaults that were perpetrated on the accused persons just before they were lodged in the police holding cells , ” said Dube.
Sangster complied to the request and directed the accused’s lawyer to produce medical reports for each one of them when they appear in court on the 16th of March.
Speaking to our Skyz metro fm news reporter , Sibonginkosi Maphosa after the court session , Dube said they intend to make a bail application on the set date of the next court session.
“The accused have been remanded to Tuesday and we intend to apply for bail.”
MRP members on Wednesday mid morning staged a demonstration that led to a confrontation with the police as they demanded to see their president Mqondisi Moyo whom they suspected was held at Central Police Station.
Moyo however appeared a day later claiming he had gone into hiding after security personnel invaded his home.
During a court session one of the accused attended the gallery without a shirt which prompted the magistrate to probe as to why the accused was half naked and Dube told the magistrate that his client was assaulted by police to a point where his shirt was torn and extremely blood stained.
Sangster demanded to see the shirt but it is alleged that the police had concealed the shirt.