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MDC-T 'witchcraft' senator Femai freed
31/12/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
Released ... Senator Morgan Femai
 
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MDC-T senator up for 'domestic violence'

MDC-T senator for Chikomo Morgan Femai, who was arrested last Friday on allegations he threatened his wife with murder and witchcraft, has been freed after a withdrawal of charges.

Femai was detained at Matapi police Station in Harare following a domestic dispute with his wife, who served him the trouble of prosecution by dropping the case on Sunday.

Police say the row started when the politician’s spouse asked for a divorce saying she could no longer put up with his promiscuous and violent conduct.

Incensed, Femai is said to have promised to retaliate by either killing her or deploying witchcraft to make her mentally deranged if she pressed ahead.

But the MDC-T issued a stinging criticism of the police on Monday accusing them of overreacting by arresting the senator without hearing his side of the story.

“This was a domestic dispute and the police should not have intervened the way they did,” said party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora.

“He was not supposed to be in police custody because the case did not warrant detention; the law enforcement agents should have listened to both sides of the story first before taking any drastic action.

“Whenever there is a dispute, the police must make sure the people are drawn together, and not driven apart by unnecessary incarceration. We are happy that senator Femai is out and enjoying his freedom," Mwonzora added.

Femai is not by any means the only politician who may be going through marital problems.

Zanu PF chairman Simon Khaya Moyo filed for divorce from his wife Sibonokuhle Getrude Moyo in August citing infidelity. The couple had been married for 32 years.

Another high profile politician in the same bracket is Environment and Natural Resources Minister Francis Nhema who is seperating from his wife of 20 years, Louise Nhema (nee Nkomo).



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