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Appeal of Convicted Zimbabwe Lawmaker Stymied As Court Docket Disappears

Lawyers for Zimbabwean parliamentarian Shuah Mudiwa on Monday were unable to enter an appeal in Mutare magistrate court of his conviction Saturday on charges he kidnapped a 12-year-old girl in 2007, or seek bail for him, as his court docket could not be found.

Mudiwa, who represents the Mutare West constituency for the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, faces sentencing Saturday.

Two other MDC members of parliament, Trevor Saruwaka, who represents Mutasa Central in the House of Assembly, and Mike Makuyana, who represents Chipinge South, also await sentencing on charges which their party and lawyers say are politically motivated.

Mudiwa’s lawyer, Douglas Mwonzora, told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that authorities are “clearly” targeting his client.

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