CIO abuse PM's chief staffer

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's chief protocol officer Abisha Nyanguwo was verbally abused by Central Intelligence Officers here over allegations of bombing the local ZANU (PF) offices, his lawyer told the court today.

Nyanguwo who was detained by the notorious law and order section yesterday is presently at Hwahwa remand prison awaiting judgment for his bail application expected tomorrow at 1415hrs.

It is not the first time that MDC-T officials have complained about victimisation in the hands of police. Last year MkobaMp Amos Chibaya spent one week in filthy police cells accused of assaulting a soldier. He was subsequently acquitted.

Through his lawyer Reginald Chidawanyika of Chitere and Chidawanyika Legal practitioners, Nyanguwo who was summoned from Harare, said he was detained from 0900hrs yesterday up to 1900hrs at Gweru CID law and order section without notification of charges against him.

"It was only at around 1900hrs that he was then told that he was being charged in connection with bombing of ZANU (PF) offices last December after which he endured one and half hours of verbal abuse by CIO members due to his support of the MDC-T," Chidawanyika said adding the words were unprintable

It is the state's case led by prosecutor Michael Mhene that on December 27 last year at around 2300hrs, Nyanguwo planted explosives at the ZANU (PF) offices before igniting them and speeding away. A witness- ArchfoldTumbare whose testimony will only be found in an affidavit allegedly identified the accused vehicle's registration number and kept the information to himself. He then informed police on March 19.

However, in denying the charges Chidawanyika questioned the credibility of the witness saying how he could be believed when he will not be cross-examined. He also questioned why the witness took three months to report the case when it was widely publicised in the media where police called upon anyone with information on the case to approach them

"The charges are a figment of his imagination. There is no case at all and no sane person can believe that the state's case has any merit," Chidawanyika said.

If found guilty, Nyanguwo will either pay a fine of an amount not above the value of the damaged property-$ 900 or a jail term which does not exceed 25 years.

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