State winds up Mangoma case

HARARE - The State yesterday closed its case against MDC activists, accused of bashing expelled party deputy treasurer-general, Elton Mangoma in February.

Douglas Mwonzora, who is representing the MDC activists, indicated that he would today apply for discharge.

Francis Mafimbidzofa, Enock Mukudu, Stefani Tafadzwa Jahwi, Samson Tumai Nerwande, Rhino Mashaya, James Chidhakwa, Denford Ngadziore, Shakespere Mukoyi and Paul Gorekore are facing assault charges for allegedly beating up Mangoma at the party’s headquarters.

Mangoma alleges that the assault was a result of factionalism currently rocking the party.

“The situation started when I wrote a letter to Tsvangirai about party squabbles,” Mangoma said.

“A meeting was subsequently called at Harvest House on February 15, and when the meeting was about to end, a group of activists were singing and threatening that I would be assaulted.”

Mangoma said he did not identify his attackers and was assisted by Tsvangirai’s security aides to get to his vehicle after the assault.

“I did not notice the attackers, I was helped by Tsvangirai’s security aides to get to my vehicle and by then I was nose-bleeding and my shirt had been torn.”

Mangoma produced pictures that he extracted from a video that was taken on the day in question.

But Mwonzora said the photographs were inadmissible since they did not identify any of the accused persons.

He also claimed that the video “clearly exonerates all accused persons.”

The accused persons also claim that Mangoma tried to recruit them in his rebellion against Tsvangirai to no avail.

Mangoma’s spectacles valued at $300 were damaged in the attack.


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