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    Chivhu protester gets 5 years


    Lines Matanga.
    MIRIAM MANGWAYA
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    CHIVHU -
    A 27-year- old Chivhu protester charged for obstructing free movement of traffic during last week’s three-day stayaway was imprisoned for five years at the Chivhu Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
    Kelvin Nyambiswa of Rooiport in Chivhu was convicted on his own plea when he appeared before Chivhu Resident Magistrate Ngoni Nduna.
    Nyambiswa will serve an effective four years in prison after Magistrate Nduna suspended one year on condition that he does not commit the same offence within five years. In mitigation, Nyambiswa told the court that he sometimes suffers from mental illness.
    His alleged accomplice in the offence, Lines Matanga, a well-known cross-border trader in Chivhu, however denied the charges when she appeared before the same magistrate.
    Matanga, who was represented by Tafara Nsingo of Nsingo and Associates was remanded to January 23 2018 for trial.  She was however, granted bail on Friday last week but will be under house arrest.
    As part of her bail conditions, Matanga was ordered to pay $200, reside at her 1413 Northwood residential address, surrender travelling documents and title deeds of a house as surety and report to the nearest Police Station three times a day.
    It is the State case that on January 15 2019 at around mid-day, Matanga and Nyambiswa connived to barricade the Harare-Masvingo Highway near Sakunda Service Station with two second hand tyres and a tree branch.
     Kelvin Nyambiswa was arrested by the Police. Matanga was spotted by the Police carrying a stone which she wanted to place on the road.
    She however fled from the scene when she saw the Police.  The police recovered the tyres, which are being kept as exhibit.
    Tafara Mboho appeared for the State.
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