ZBC presenter mentioned in Councilor murder case

zbc_logoChinhoyi -Text messages sent to a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) radio presenter by a ZANU PF councilor have resulted in the prosecution of two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) councilors for Banket.

In his request for remand form Detective Sergeant Majecha, who is the investigating officer in the murder case of Lancelot Zvirongwe, a ZANU PF special interest councilor for Banket Town Council, who was allegedly murdered by two MDC councilors Emmanuel Chinanzvavana and Fani Tembo and Givemore Hodzi indicates that Zvirongwe send Siyakurima a text message on his mobile phone alerting him about his kidnapping. The deceased send some messages to, Assistant Inspector Chidakwa, Richmond Siyakurima of ZBC and to DA mentioning names of accuseds (sic), read part of Majechas request for remand which he submitted before a Chinhoyi Magistrate on Tuesday.

Majecha said Zvirongwes text message to Siyakurima, which reads Ndatakurwa nemabhinya asi ndaziwa Hodzi, (I have been abducted by some people but I have identified Givemore Hodzi.), implicated Hodzi as one of his assailants. It was not immediately ascertained why Siyakurima, a radio presnetr on ZBCs Radio Zimbabwe was one of the people alerted by Zvirongwe concerning his abduction. Chinanzvavana and Tembo, who were abducted by state security agents in 2008, were on Tuesday charged with murder following their arrest last week. The State is accusing the trio of kidnapping Zvirongwe before killing him with an unknown weapon and dumping his body into Kingston Dam in Banket.

Besides Siyakurima, Majecha also stated that Zvirongwe send mobile text messages to Assistant Inspector Chidakwa and to an unnamed District Administrator fingering the names of Tembo, Chinanzvavana and Hodzi for kidnapping him. Human rights lawyers Zvikomborero Chadambuka and Tawanda Zhuwarara of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) who are representing the three were on Tuesday night working on bail applications seeking the release of the trio.

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