reprinted with corrections and additions from the Newsday
by Richard Muponde
In Lupane, Catholic Father Marko Mkandla was recently placed off remand after the State failed to provide witnesses alleged to have been at a mass which he had convened for Gukurahundi victims a year ago. Provincial magistrate, Rose Dube, ruled that Mkandla’s case will proceed by way of summons.
Mkandla’s lawyer, Lizwe Jamela, of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights applied for refusal of further remand after waiting for witnesses to arrive for the better part of the day. The magistrate granted the application and removed Mkandla from remand.

Mnkandla was not asked to plead, but had indicated that he was not admitting to convening a public meeting without notifying the police and possessing pornographic material. He was arrested on April 13 last year, and appeared in court in leg irons, alongside National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co-minister, Moses Mzila- Ndlovu, facing charges of contravening the Public Order and Security Act.

Mkandla was being charged of convening an illegal meeting at Silwane Primary School, publishing falsehoods against the State, publicising hate speech against the Shona and possessing pornographic material.

The priest has been out of custody on $US 500 bail.