Givemore Hodzi and two Banket councillors Emmanuel Chinanzvavana and Fani Tembo, who were themselves victims of abduction and torture by State security agents in 2008, have been on remand for almost two years after they were accused of murdering Lancelot Zvirongwe. Zvirongwe was a Zanu (PF) special interests councillor in Banket.
They deny the charges. Magistrate Gwitima was supposed to rule on the application for refusal of further remand last week but failed to do so because he was unavailable “due to an emergency”.
He is now expected to rule on the application on December 5, according to Tawanda Zhuwarara of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
The State alleges that the councillors and Hodzi kidnapped Zvirongwe between Banket and Chinhoyi and dragged him to an area in Banket where they killed him with an unknown weapon and dumped his body into Kingston Dam two years ago.
Prosecutors claim that the deceased sent mobile text messages to Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation radio presenter Richmond Siyakurima, Assistant Inspector Chidakwa and to an unnamed District Administrator fingering the MDC officials for kidnapping him.
Chinanzvavana and Tembo said they were attending a Save the Children activity at Kuwadzana Hall in Banket at the time that the deceased was allegedly abducted while Hodzi said he was not in Banket.
They argue that their names are only mentioned in text messages, which are vague and contradictory in tense, meaning and sense.Post published in: News