Mangoma 'attackers' freed on bail

HARARE - A Harare magistrate yesterday granted bail to four men accused of assaulting MDC deputy treasurer Elton Mangoma at Harvest House, the party’s headquarters in central Harare, on February 15.

Francis Mafimbidzofa, 38, Enock Mukudu, 31, Stefani Tafadzwa Jahwi, 36, and Samson Tumai Nerwande, 41, were on remand pending their bail application.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe granted each of the accused persons $100 bail and remanded the matter to March 19.

Mafimbidzofa, Mukudu, Jahwi and Nerwande were ordered to reside at their given addresses, desist from interfering with State witnesses and report once every week at their nearest police stations.

Mahwe said the state case was weak and that the video clip produced in court, which was shot on the day of the alleged assault, did not link the four to the offence.

During the bail application, Mafimbidzofa alleged Mangoma had fingered him in the offence to settle political scores.

Mafimbidzofa said he handed himself over to the police and cooperated with law enforcement agents and has no intention of skipping trial.

“This is just politics because I support Morgan Tsvangirai and Mangoma wants to be the MDC president,” he said. “I led the campaign to his appointment as deputy treasurer-general though he claims, in his statement, that he does not know me.

“Police left a list of names of people that they wanted at CID Law and Order in connection with this matter and we handed ourselves over to the police, aiming to clear our names of this matter.’’

The alleged MDC assailants’ lawyer Douglas Mwonzora argued that police officers did not conduct thorough investigations before arresting the accused.

Mwonzora produced a video clip recorded on the day of the alleged assault to dispel claims that the accused persons were the attackers.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira opposed tendering of the video as evidence saying it does not clarify anything in relation to the assault.

“We got sight of the video clip and it only shows a part where Mangoma was leaving Harvest House and doesn’t show the part where the complainant was assaulted,” she said.

Mashavira opposed bail on the basis that accused persons do not own valuable property and are not permanently employed. She also claims accused persons all work at Harvest House and there was a high likelihood they will interfere with witnesses.

Comments (1)

I think we have so many people in remand for flimsy reasons. If this was a fight at a pub these guys would not be in court.

Maita Manyuka - 6 March 2014

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