Violence: Zanu PF MP, youths in court

ZANU PF MP for Masvingo West, Ezra Chadzamira, together with five other youths, manhandled a messenger of court in a bid to stop him evicting party supporters from company houses they were illegally staying in, a local court heard Tuesday.

Appeared in court Tuesday ... Masvingo West MP, Ezra Chadzamira

Appeared in court Tuesday … Masvingo West MP, Ezra Chadzamira

Chadzamira, 41, together with Aaron Muvengwa, 30, Edmond Chikukwa, 35, Alex Mugova, 35, Notwell Ruzenge, 58, and Tawanda Dube, 40, appeared before Masvingo magistrate facing obstruction of justice charges.

Magistrate, Langton Ndokera, remanded them out of custody to May 3 on free bail.

Prosecutor, James Murambiza, told the court that sometime in 2014 the now defunct Shabane Mashava Mine obtained an order to evict some of its former employees who were still occupying company houses at the Temeraire compound.

Court heard that on 17 December the same year, Sylvester Ndebele, who is a messenger of court from Masvingo and his assistants went to Mashava to execute an eviction in respect to the court order.

When Ndebele and his team were removing property from house number 26 Wisteria, Chadzamira and a group of youths arrived and aggressively ordered them to stop.

In fear of being assaulted, the court was told, Ndebele abandoned the mission.

Two days later, the team went again to Mashava to continue with their evictions.

While they were still loading one Einice Chitumba’s property into a lorry, Chadzamira and his group appeared again and told them to stop.

They then ordered Ndebele to surrender the keys they had used to gain entry into compound house, manhandling him in the process.

Court also heard that Chadzamira and his crew threatened to unleash violence on Ndebele if he continued with his task.

Ndebele then abandoned the mission and reported the matter to the police.

 

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