It comes as a great relief to hear that Beatrice Mtetwa worked through Christmas Eve to secure the release of Jestina Mukoko and her fellow abductees, who had been remanded in custody until Monday, 29 December 2008.
Although not being freed, it looks as though the abductees will be able to at least see their families and spend time with them, albeit in hospital.
Upon hearing of the torture to extract confessions that Jestina Mukoko and other alleged conspirators in the trumped-up "insurgency" case suffered, a Harare High Court judge immediately ordered the release of Mukoko and others with her into Avenues Clinic and under police guard.
The dirty little rag that passes for a national newspaper in Zimbabwe, the Herald, says that they have already been released into the Clinic's care. Which is a surprise, considering Mugabe's legendary contempt for the decisions of his own courts, unless they agree with him.
The '"detainees" will remain at the Avenues Clinic until 29 December, the date on which they are due back in court to face the charges levelled against them by Robert Mugabe's "government". While there, the judge has ordered that they get access to their lawyers and their blood relatives. I fully expect Mugabe to try and pull a fast one, refusing to comply, perhaps, and ordering the police and his new Attorney General to refer the judges to the president if they had anything to say about it. He has done it before.
If he does not do so, then we can be certain that SADC is applying quiet pressure in the background, something Jakaya Kikwete did just over a week ago when he phoned Mugabe immediately after Elliot Manyika's funeral.
Still, as I wish all of you a restful Christmas, I can't help wondering what government these abductees are said to have wanted to overthrow, since, even by ZANU PF's own admission, there is no legitimate government in Zimbabwe.
Chinamasa was on TV a couple of weeks ago saying that the current ministers are "caretaker ministers". So, squatters, then?
Anyway, for what it is worth, here's wishing the abductees, their families, all of you and your families and friends a somewhat merry Christmas.