Mutsekwa, Mutare mayor's political violence trial opens

MUTARE - Giles Mutsekwa, the former Housing and Social Amenities minister, embattled Mutare mayor Tatenda Nhamarare and their two accomplices’ trial on charges of assaulting a fellow MDC colleague has opened here.

The four, who include former councillor Kingston Mutandi and Raphael Mutandi, deny the charge.

They face charges of assaulting councillor Dube outside Zesa’s Megawatt Building in the city centre on June 6 last year.

The assault is said to have happened at the peak of tensions in the MDC party over the confirmation process of Mutsekwa, which was never completed, leading to the party fielding two candidates to stand in Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency.  Mutsekwa was squaring off with leading rights lawyer Arnold Tsunga for an MDC ticket to represent the party in legislative polls held on July 31.

With Dube fighting in Tsunga’s corner, the defence contends the charges were a political ploy to “disgrace the former minister” Mutsekwa.

Dube on Tuesday took the witness’ stand, maintaining that the four acted in complicit with yet more unidentified persons in his assault, with the former minister twice ordering the three to “deal with him” while the Mayor allegedly held his left hand feigning to dissuade a physical confrontation between Dube and Kingston Mutandi, who he said head-butted him twice, with Raphael Mutandi tripping him.

The defence lawyer however, maintained that Mutsekwa was not present at the scene but his driver Lawrence Kachipare, while Mayor Nhamarare said he was only trying to restrain them, with Raphael Mutandi nowhere near the scene.

Ndlovu also charged that Dube was “spicing” his injuries.

As a result of the alleged mob attack, Dube said he was nursing five loose teeth, a cracked rib, a black eye as well as injuries to his ankle, hip and shoulder while the medical report only indicate “soft tissue injuries.”

The trial continues on Friday, January 17, with two more witnesses expected to testify before the defence take the witness stand.

Malvern Musarurwa prosecuted.

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