Violence convicted MDC Alliance MP aspirant on the run

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By Bulawayo Correspondent

A Bulawayo magistrate was Wednesday forced to issue a warrant of arrest against already convicted MDC Alliance MP candidate for Bulawayo South, Kunashe Muchemwa who had absconded the day’s court proceedings.

On Friday last week, magistrate Sithembile Ncube convicted Muchemwa and three other party activists after they were found guilty of public violence.

This followed skirmishes at the main opposition’s Bulawayo provincial offices March this year.

Magistrate Ncube was supposed to deliver her sentence Wednesday but the aspiring lawmaker was found to have failed to turn up, prompting the state to apply for his warrant of arrest.

“I do not know what happened to him Your Worship. I was expecting to see him here for the sentence,” the accused’s lawyer, Prince Butshe Dube from Mathonsi Ncube Law Chambers told court.

Dube suggested that the magistrate should deliver the sentence for the other three accused – Mlandu Ncube, Felix Mhaka and Erick Gono – while police took time to look for the fugitive opposition official.

However, the magistrate insisted the sentence had to be delivered concurrently.

Ncube and Gono are also aspiring councillors for the Alliance.

The sentence was postponed to the 23rd of this month.

It is not the first time Muchemwa has found himself on the wrong side of the law on violence claims.

Following the MDC-T split 2014, another Bulawayo magistrate, Mark Dzira slapped Muchemwa and the party’s then deputy president Thokozani Khupe’s driver, Witness Dube with a $400 fine for assaulting a fellow party member following a brawl over control of a party vehicle.

Ironically, Dube is also one of the victims in the current case.

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