MDC vehicle wrangle case further deferred

BULAWAYO - A magistrate here has referred the case involving MDC Bulawayo youth secretary and the party’s deputy president Thokozani Khupe’s chauffer both who allegedly assaulted a rival party member over party property to the High Court for hearing.

Ousted Matabeleland North provincial chairperson Sengezo Tshabangu’s driver alleges he was assaulted by party functionaries who stole cell phones and seized the Isuzu truck he was driving, all worth about $30 000.

Youth secretary Kunashe Muchemwa, 32, and driver, Witness Dube, 37, appeared before magistrate Gladmore Mushowe who postponed the case to July 28.

The two are already out of custody on $200 bail granted on Tuesday.

It is in the State’s case that on May 25, Muchemwa allegedly hijacked a vehicle belonging to ousted Matabeleland North provincial chairperson and driven by Lameck Ndlovu.

The State alleges that Ndlovu was accompanied by Zacharia Nkomo and Sage Mguni in the pick-up truck, while waiting to collect money from a Sibanda on behalf of Tshabangu when two vehicles allegedly blocked their way.

Muchemwa and five other accused persons still at large disembarked from their cars and pulled Ndlovu off the vehicle.

They allegedly assaulted Ndlovu and Nkomo with fists and kicked them all over their bodies before taking the vehicle and cell phones away.

Items worth $30 350 have not been recovered.

Ndlovu made a report to the police and was referred to the United Bulawayo Hospital for medical attention.

A follow-up was made leading to Muchemwa’s arrest.


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