By Staff Reporter
A Zanu PF youth chairperson for Mambwere branch in Zimunya will miss the opportunity to vote in the July 30 elections after a Mutare court slapped him with a six-month jail term for assaulting an MDC Alliance supporter.
David Kokota Masinji, Mambwere village, Chief Zimunya (46) pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause bodily grievous harm when he appeared before Mutare provincial magistrate Tendai Mahwe.
Masinji will, however, serve an effective four months after Mahwe suspended two months on condition he did not commit a similar offence within the next five years.
Prosecutor Fletcher Karombe told court that on June 24 around, Colleen Manyiwo (45) of Manzununu village Chief Zimunya was watching World Cup football on screen when Masinji burst into the bottle store in the company of one Amos Makaya, also a Zanu PF supporter.
Makaya reportedly instructed the barman to lower the volume of the radio. He went on to shout at the top of his voice ordering all MDC supporters to vacate the bar.
Manyiwo, an MDC supporter, remained seated.
Masinji then charged at him and grabbed him by the collar before wrestling him out of bottle and he fell on the ground in the process.
Manyiwo later reported the abuse to the police, leading to Masinji’s arrest and subsequent court appearance.