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Activists drop violence charges against Zanu PF legislator MP who is now MDC Alliance candidate

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By Court Reporter


ACTIVISTS who reported public violence allegations against Zanu PF legislator Shadreck Mashayamombe are no longer pursuing the charges, a city court heard recently.

The for Harare South Constituency MP was arrested last month after he allegedly assaulted some Zanu PF supporters on suspicion they were going to pass a vote of no confidence against him during the party’s primary elections.

However, prosecutor Idah Maromo applied for postponement of the case last Thursday, indicating that witnesses wanted charges against the MP dropped.

The witnesses include Rumbidzai Chibaya, Tambudzai Marungisa, Mutsa Murauro and David Charumbira who allegedly sustained serious injuries following the attack.

Mashayamombe is being charged together with Peckias Murindi, 27, Joseph Gakaka, 31, Vengai Mutepaire, 31 and Charles Saungweme aged 26.

Allegations against the group arose following an April 15 incident at Zanu PF headquarters.

Court heard the party’s executive called a meeting which was scheduled to start at 10 am.

Only provincial executive members were invited to discuss internal party political issues.

It is alleged that Mashayamombe then mobilized the group and went to the party headquarters to foil the meeting which they felt had been organized to boot the MP out.

It is State’s case that they arrived at the venue r and started singing outside the offices in solidarity with Mashayamombe.

Around 11:30 on the same day another group of party supporters arrived to show their support for the meeting.

Court heard Mashayamombe and his gang suddenly threw missiles at the group to drive them away from the party offices, accusing them of not backing the MP.

Besides the injured witnesses, one Paul Masiiwa had his vehicle damaged during the fracas.

The injured were treated at Parirenyatwa hospital and medical affidavits were available.