Mutasa rescues Zanu editor

HARARE - The trial last week of Lovemore Mataire, editor of the ruling Zanu (PF)'s weekly newspaper, The Voice, came to a dramatic end when National Security Minister Didymus Mutasa withd

rew the charges before plea.

Mataire was facing charges of stealing Z$6 million from his employers, Jongwe Printers, by ordering the newspaper’s street vendors to deposit money from sales into his personal bank account. The original complaint against him was lodged by Nathan Shamuyarira in his capacity as Chairman of Jongwe.

IMutasa gave no reason for withdrawing the charges, but filed an affidavit saying: “I Cde D N E Mutasa do hereby solemnly and sincerely swear/declare the following: in my capacity as the Secretary for Administration for Zanu (PF) Party and one of my responsibilities is to supervise and co-ordinate the efficient administration of the party…which was represented by Cde Nathan Shamuyarira as a complainant in a case involving Cde Lovemore Mataire of theft by conversion have decided to withdraw all charges against him unconditionally with immediate effect and all current court processes should thus fall away.”

Magistrate Rebecca Takavadiyi withdrew all charges and let the former Herald reporter free, without questioning why the withdrawal came from Mutasa, who was not the complainant in the first instance. The money has not been recovered. – Own correspondent

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