MDC-T Chief staffer goes to trial

The MDC-T Chief of Protocol- Abisha Nyanguwo’s case of allegedly bombing local ZANU (PF) offices will now proceed to trial despite delay efforts by police.

Police investigating officers submitted that they wanted more time to complete gathering evidence but magistrate Florence Nago said trial should commence on July 12 without further delay.

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.

Nyanguwo’s lawyer Reginald Chidawanyika however says the state has no case at all because his client never committed the crime.

The lawyer is questioning the credibility of the witness saying how could he be trusted when he will not be cross-examined. He also questions 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 the said witness’s 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.

When the case was first heard at the courts two months ago, Nyanguwo said had been abused by CIO operatives. It was not the first time that MDC-T officials had complained about victimisation in the hands of state security agents.

Last year Mkoba Mp Amos Chibaya spent one week in filthy police cells accused of assaulting a soldier. He was subsequently acquitted.

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