Court orders MP Mukupe's arrest

HARARE - A Harare magistrate yesterday called for the arrest of Zanu PF Harare East legislator Terrence Mukupe for allegedly inciting violence at Mabvuku Police Station.

This was after the former investment banker had rushed to inquire about the arrest of seven of his party members for invading land leased to Shelter Zimbabwe by Harare City Council (HCC).

The seven, Jonasi Jonasi, Brian Mungwari, Richard Yuda, Emmanuel Kamuchira, Darlington Mutambara, Nevedi Takundikana and Linah Munhenzva, are facing criminal trespass charges.

Mukupe is alleged to have stormed the officer-in-charge’s office and allegedly insulted him saying he was a “small child” before ordering him “to take off your uniform if you want to compete with politicians,” the court heard.

In response, magistrate Francis Mapfumo said: “When the investigating officer testified during bail opposition, there was mention of a legislator who is said to have led the violence.

“The court is of the view that the State should arrest those culprits and bring them to court. These accused persons cannot be made to suffer for the iniquities of those people.”

Mapfumo subsequently granted $50 bail to each of the seven accused persons before remanding the case to August 26.

The magistrate noted that the seven accused persons were of fixed abode and do not possess travel documents, further noting that the presumption of innocence still leans in their favour.

“The accused persons are ordered to reside at given addresses, not to interfere with witnesses and not to visit the land in question until the case is finalised,” magistrate Mapfumo said.

Prosecutor Michael Reza alleged that the accused persons unlawfully erected their cabins at an open space in New Tafara owned by HCC after distributing the land among themselves.

They allegedly erected bill boards at the site labelling their respective housing co-operatives.

Mukupe was last week detained overnight at Rhodesville Police Station on alleged public violence after storming the police station but was later freed “without any official charge”.

At the height of his contest and political troubles with Mavis Gumbo for the Harare East seat ahead of a recent by-election, Mukupe’s candidature provided a rare glimpse of widening fissures in President Robert Mugabe’s party when bigwigs, including administration secretary Ignatius Chombo and political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, repeatedly gave conflicting statements about his endorsement.

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