MDC MP in court

MDC-T MP for Chipinge West constituency Sibonile Nyamudeza has been hauled before the court on charges of theft after he allegedly used seven pre-cast pipes belonging to DDF when he constructed a 15 km road in his area.

Nyamudeza pleaded not guilty to theft charges yesterday when he appeared before Chipinge magistrate Vuso Gapara. He said that as MP it was his mandate to ensure full representation of his constituency by spearheading developmental projects.

The state closed its case yesterday and Nyamudeza applied for discharge. The ruling will be made on November 7 this year.

The state said that in the period between February 1-28 Nyamudeza took seven pre-cast pipes belonging to DDF. The pipes were meant to repair the Tanganda-Bangwe link road in Chipinge.

The MP is alleged to have stolen the DDF's 900mmX1.2 m pipes which have been lying by the roadside for a long time.

Nyamudeza's defence pointed out that there was no specific theft intended in using the pipes for community development and that the allegations were politically motivated.

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