Mudzi murder trial opens

HARARE - The trial of two Zanu PF members accused of fatally assaulting an MDC activist in a politically-motivated attack in Mudzi has begun at the High Court.

David Chimukoko, a Zanu PF councillor in Mudzi, and Graciano Kazingizi’s trial opened yesterday before High Court Judge Joseph Musakwa, with the duo denying the allegations.

The two are being charged with murder, which they allegedly committed in 2012.

According to State papers, the two murdered Cephas Magura, who was an MDC chairperson for Ward 1.

It is alleged Magura was at Chimukoko Business Centre in Mudzi District, attending an MDC rally, while the duo was in the company of 500 other Zanu PF supporters.

Prosecutor Benson Taruvinga told the court the Zanu PF supporters were holding their own agricultural “dry show” meeting at a community hall at the same business centre.

According to court papers, the two political parties’ supporters were 50 metres apart.

It is alleged the duo mobilised other Zanu PF supporters to confront the MDC gathering and disrupt their meeting.

They allegedly approached the MDC supporters, armed with logs and stones, and attacked the members, who were already running away from the venue.

As the MDC supporters were fleeing, it is alleged Chimukoko threw a stone, which hit the 60 year-old activist on the head and he fell down.

The group allegedly caught up with Magura and began kicking him, while further assaulting him with logs all over the body.

According to State papers, Magura sustained serious injuries and died on the spot.

A post mortem carried out by Dr Gabriel Aguero, showed that Magura died of “severe head injuries due to brain oedema” caused by the assault.

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shaddy - 12 February 2014

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