A POLICE officer stationed at ZRP Unit Fairbridge outside Bulawayo has told the courts that he almost lost an eye after a soldier punched him in the face.
Louis Mazarire, 31, and his attacker Alfonse Chitiga, 29, reside at ZRP Kazungula Camp on the border with Botswana outside Victoria Falls. Chitiga is stationed at 1.2 Infantry Battalion in Hwange.
The two were on their way to Kazungula from Victoria Falls when they picked a fight following an argument over unspecified “work related issues.”
Chitiga, this week, appeared before Victoria Falls magistrate Lindiwe Maphosa charged with assault.
He pleaded guilty and was fined $200 which he must pay before February 20, failing which he will be jailed for two months.
In addition, Chitiga was slapped with sentence of three months in jail which were wholly suspended on condition he isn’t involved in any related issue where violence is an element.
Said Mazarire while narrating what happened: “My eye was damaged after he punched me twice and I have difficulty seeing.”
Particulars of the case were that the two were travelling to Kazungula when a misunderstanding rose.
“On January 21 at 9:30pm both were at the 20km peg along the Victoria Falls-Kazungula Road when they had a misunderstanding over issues to do with work.
“The accused then punched the complainant twice on the face before head-butting him on the nose,” said Takunda Ndovorwi while prosecuting.
Mazarire was referred to Victoria Falls Hospital where he was treated and discharged.