Former MDC-T legislator convicted of death threats

Former MDC-T legislator for Makoni South, Pishayi Muchauraya, accused of threatening to kill two political rivals on separate incidences, was today convicted of the offence by a Harare magistrate, Tendai Mahwe, and ordered to pay $100 fine for each count failure of which would attract a 20 months prison term.

Muchauraya was facing charges of threatening to kill his rival in the MDC-T primaries, Geoffrey Nyarota, and the party’s Women’s Assembly Treasurer for Makoni South, Sophia Chibayambuya.

Before Muchauraya’s conviction, Nyarota had testified in court that he was living in fear of losing his life following the death threats while Chibayambuya alleged that the accused had confessed to her that he killed the former Member of Parliament for Makoni South, John Nyamande, in 2009.

Muchauraya allegedly called Nyarota and Chibayambuya on different occasions, threatening to kill them for denouncing him in the Makoni South constituency.

The cases were reported to the police leading to Muchauraya’s arrest.

In passing sentence, Magistrate Mahwe said that the court had taken into account the fact that Muchauraya was a married man with three minor children under his custody and implored the accused to desist from violent tactics which he said are not expected from political leaders.

However, the State had prayed for a deterrent sentence.

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