Makonese reported violence perpetrated by Zanu (PF) youth at the MDC-T Mashonaland East Provincial offices in Marondera July 2013, but no arrests were made despite some suspects having been identified and a docket, RRB 1536785 opened.
He had reported the case at Dombotombo Police Station and identified a Marondera based Zanu (PF) youth, Chengetanai Bwanali, as part of the rowdy youth who stoned the offices.
The offices were put under siege as President Robert Mugabe was addressing a campaign star rally at Rudhaka Stadium on July 15, 2013.
Police reportedly dragged its feet regarding taking the case to court and was recently referred to Murewa Magistrates’ Court after Makonese insisted that the trial take off.
Fearing for his life and financial difficulties, Makonese told police that the trial be held in Marondera where he reported the case, hence the failure to attend.
“I fear for my life and struggle to raise bus fare for the case trial in Murewa.
“I insist that the trial be heard in Marondera where I made the report. The accused and i live in the town, so, I see no reason why the case should be heard in Murewa,” said Makonese, from an unidentified location.
Police Law and Order officers, insp. Muya, Ngirazi and Chikonodanga have been threatening Makonese with arrest if he fails to surrender himself to the police ever since the warrant of arrest was issued.
Insp. Muya, head Marondera Law and Order, told The Zimbabwean that the media house would do Makonese a favour by advising him to report at the police station.
“Do Makonese a favour by advising him to report at Marondera Police Law and Order,” said Muya, refusing to disclose charges preferred against Makonese over the telephone.
Muya suggested The Zimbabwean visit his offices for an interview.
He said:“Huyayi kuno nekuti handibvumidzwe nevakuru kutaura nemajournalists pafoni.” Pay me a visit since i am not allowed by my superiors to give journalists interviews over the telephone.
Recently, Makonese was reportedly quizzed by the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation’s agents over his identity, workplace and home area.
He has since been playing it safe as threats against his life continue to mount.Post published in: News