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Eight MDC-T activists, who were arrested in Epworth on allegations of assaulting Zanu-PF supporters, were yesterday granted US$100 bail each.

MDC-T Ward 11 councillor Antony Shingadeya (52), Songi Chari (32), Veronica Chinembiri (35), Alex Makina (33), Nyararai Chipindu (52), Moses Chindanga (26), Kholwani Makina (26) and Emmerson Makahamadze (27) appeared before magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe charged with public violence.

The group, represented by their lawyers Mr Musindo Hungwe and Mr Marufu Mandevere are expected back in court on June 23.

Mr Mahwe ordered them to reside at their given addresses and not to interfere with State witnesses until the matter is finalised.

The investigating officer in the matter Assistant Inspector Clifford Mugaviri told the court that some of the assaulted Zanu-PF supporters were badly injured and were still in hospital.

Asst Insp Mugaviri, while testifying against the MDC-T activists being granted bail said he feared that they might interfere with witnesses since the complainants and the accused persons reside in the same area.

Prosecutor Ms Sharon Mashavira alleged that on Sunday last week, MDC-T held a political rally at Epworth Local School Board open grounds where the main speaker was party leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai.

She said after attending the rally, the activists acting in connivance, proceeded to Belapazi Farm, a Zanu-PF ghold.

Upon arrival at the farm, she alleged, the MDC-T activists started assaulting the complainants using bricks and stones, while going from one house to the other.

During the process, Miss Mashavira alleged, the activists destroyed windowpanes, doors, chairs and tables among other properties valued at $1 000.

Source : The Herald