MicInity, bouncer in court over pub brawl

HARARE - A Harare Sports Club bouncer appeared before the courts Friday facing charges of extorting money from Zimbabwean reggae crooner Mike Madamombe alias "MicInity" to cover up a pub brawl.

Knowledge Mutambara, 27, allegedly demanded $1 000 from MicInity to save his reputation after the dancehall artist was involved in a nasty altercation at the upmarket pub.

Prosecutor Desire Chidanire told the court that in October this year, Mic Inity and his family went to Harare Sports Club for a family fun day. Upon arrival, MicInity went to the counter to buy drinks for his family.

After spending some time without being attended to by the cashier, he asked the cashier why he was ignoring him. The cashier left the counter and confronted him.

According to state papers, MicInity was surrounded by Mutambara and other bouncers who started heckling him.

As MicInity was trying to peacefully negotiate with them, the court heard, Mutambara clapped him. There was brawl before MicInity fled, leaving his family at the club.

After MicInity had left, Mutambara allegedly ordered MicInity’s wife to call him threatening to report him to the press for allegedly pointing a firearm in public.

According to state papers, MicInity returned to the cricket pub and gave Mutambara $120 dollars but he demanded more, $ 1 000 for his silence.

Mutambara, the court heard, later called MicInity demanding the outstanding balance. The reggae dancehall star then filed a police report resulting in a trap being set for Mutambara.

MicInity and Mutambara agreed to meet at corner Josiah Chinamano and 4th Street so that he pays the outstanding balance.

MicInity was given two photocopied $100 notes to give Mutambara, while police laid an ambush.

After receiving the money, the officers approached Mutambara and arrested him for extortion.

Mutambara was granted $100bail and ordered to return to court on November 22. - Ivan Zhakata

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