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“We Were Innocent From Day One,” MDC Acivist Maengahama

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Last speaking to Chamisa soon after release

By Staff Reporter

“We committed no crime I never killed even a chicken in my life and my conscience were very clear from day one, it was just persecution because of my beliefs,” Last Maengahama said.

“On the day the police officer was killed I was at church worshipping and of all the people they decided to pick me and accuse me of committing a murder and even convicted me. “

“When Bhunu was passing a sentence, he talked as if he was doing us a favour by not sentencing us to death.”

“But we were innocent from day one, the evidence was there but Bhunu disregard that evidence.”
Maengahama said it was their beliefs, support and determination to see change in a democratic Zimbabwe that kept strong in the last 8 years incarcerated.

“It was a very difficult situation, but nevertheless we managed through the grace of the Lord which is upon us, we faced so many challenges but we conquered.”

“Its very difficulty to be a political prisoner, we were treated differently from other inmates, they see you as if you are more dangerous of all other criminals.”

“But we thank God that today we are here.”

Maengahama said he believe God wanted him to go through phase for a reason

“I am in the struggle not because its my choice, but God wanted me to go this path, so politics to me it’s a calling, I have to do something about this country.”

“The people are suffering and there has to be men and women who are prepared to go through this to fight for our liberation and I believe I am one of them.”

“When I heard the call today, I was excited, I almost cried.”

Friday Supreme Court Judges Justice of Appeal Rita Makarau, Justice of Appeal Susan Mavangira and Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza set aside their conviction by Justice Bhunu and acquitted them after ruling that they were not guilty of committing
murder.
He was a National Executive member of the MDC at the time of arrest controversially “positively identified” by a state witness as having had been present when the police officer died yet there is overwhelming evidence including video which positively locates him at church.
Maengahama together with Tungamirai Madzokere were acquitted by Supreme Court after serving 8 years in prison for murdering a police officer in Glen View in 2011.

 

Robert Tapfumaneyi