By Staff Reporter
FOUR suspected supporters of Zanu PF aspiring candidate for Mazowe West Kazembe Kazembe, appeared in court Monday facing charges of stealing maize meal and flour worth 26 000 dollars belonging to his rival Tafadzwa Musarara.
Food worth 800 dollars was recovered.
Boyd Fungulani, Shingirai Chisango, Lens Faranando and Jonah Ngwenya appeared before Bindura Magistrate, Mirriam Banda, who remanded them to June 28 for trial.
They were accused of stealing cases of flour and bags of mealie –meal from a 30 tonne truck belonging to Musarara who intended to distribute the food to his supporters in Mazowe West where he was a candidate in the Zanu PF primary elections.
It is the state case that on April 28, 2018, the accused approached the driver of the truck, Bachelor Mondii Mpalane, who was parked at Dandamera Shopping centre in Concession, removed keys from the ignition before pulling him off the vehicle.
They started assaulting him with clenched fists and booted feet all over the body accusing him of interfering with their campaign in the constituency.
They locked him inside a pick-up truck which was parked nearby, with registration number ADV 3622 and began looting the flour and mealie-meal, which they in turn loaded into a truck.
It was then that Musarara arrived at the scene with a police officer who arrested the pick-up truck driver.
Musarara’s lawyer, Tymon Tabana of Chatambudza Legal Practitioners, said about seven witnesses were set to give evidence when the trial starts.
Kazembe, who is the Zanu PF Provincial Chairperson, was contesting against Musarara in the recent party primary elections and emerged the victor in an election which Musarara insists were rigged.
Musarara’s supporters staged a demonstration at the party’s headquarters in Harare demanding a meeting with President Mnangagwa, claiming they had been disenfranchised from the election after their names were removed from the cell list, allegedly by Kazembe.
The supporters were, however, dispersed by the anti-riot police.