Mabika acquitted in Mugabe beasts charge

MUTARE – Dorothy Mabika, Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chairlady, has been acquitted of stock theft charges and obstruction or defeating the course of justice.

Mutare magistrate Sekesai Chiundura delivered the ruling with at least four defence witnesses still to give their evidence on the case.

The magistrate dismissed the case and discharged the former Zanu PFchairperson of the women’s league and acting chairperson, stressing there was no case.

This comes after the same court also acquitted Mabika’s co-accused Mike Madiro over the same charge last month.

Mabika said the legal battle has been costly to her and the family and immediate relatives and friends.

“I am happy that the case has been thrown away and matter has been put to rest though it has been a stressing period of my life,” said Mabika.

“I still feel this case should never have been to the court but rather it would have been proper for our seniors in the party to simply inform me that certain positions were to be filled by their preferred candidates,” said Mabika, who still up to now believes the arrest and prosecution was politically-motivated by senior Zanu PF officials in Manicaland Province.

“There was no need to fight each other in the first place in Zanu PF because we are one family and we need to fight one common enemy not amongst ourselves. Up to now, I still feel hurt as we wasted time and money over nothing.

“It was not good, fair and necessary to accuse me of a theft that never was in order to remove me from my position, it was just an inhuman thing to do,” she said.

Mabika faced one count of stock theft involving six dairy bull calves she received from Chipinge-based commercial dairy farmer Dawid Jourbert as a donation to Zanu PF.

The State alleged Mabika converted the calves to her own use by claiming they had died of lack of supplementary feeding and a shortage of milk.

Mabika was also accused of obstruction or defeating the course of justice.

It is alleged when police investigations commenced, Mabika instructed Zanu PF employees at the provincial office to make insertions to the effect that on December14, 2012 the issue of the cattle had been discussed, cover for the alleged offence.

Tinofara Hove, who represented Mabika in the matter said he was happy with Monday’s court ruling.

“I am glad that the State made the decision it made and found my client not guilty and acquitted her and this brings to an end this very, very long trial,” said Hove.

Christine Nyamaropa appeared for the State.

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