MDC supporter denied bail

HARARE - An MDC supporter is languishing in prison after a Harare magistrate denied him bail on allegations of throwing a stone and smashing a suspected Zanu PF follower’s vehicle windscreen.

Muzondiwa Chiwaura is now facing malicious damage to property charges.

He is accused of destroying Tsaurai Mutandwa’s vehicle screen.

He remained in custody after Harare magistrate Blessing Murwisi denied him bail twice.

The court heard that the incident took place on March 3, this year, during the time when MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti was addressing a rally.

According to court papers, Mutandwa arrived at the rally and parked his Mercedes Benz at Old Tafara Shopping centre in Old Mabvuku, Harare.

He allegedly got out of the car to listen to the speech.

It is alleged, out of about 3 000 people who were gathered at the rally, Chiwaura came out and threw a stone directed at Mutandwa’s car.

The stone hit the rear screen of the vehicle, completely shattering it, according to court papers.

Chiwaura, who is represented by Musindo Hungwe, is denying the allegations.

The 41-year-old man told the court that he saw the arrival of Mutandwa, who started making noise and skidded his vehicle on top of electric cables that were connected to the PA system that was being used during the rally.

Chiwaura said he observed from a distance several people surrounding Mutandwa’s vehicle.

The mob dispersed and Mutandwa drove away, according to Chiwaura.

“This is a fabricated case and the State absolutely has no evidence. The rally in question was police-sanctioned and there were several police details in attendance,” said Chiwaura in his defence outline.

Chiwaura said if he had committed an offence, the police would have arrested him at the scene. - Tendai Kamhungira

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