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    Violence against Mvuma businessman: Zanu PF youth jailed


    MIRIAM MANGWAYA
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    MVUMA - Three Zanu PF youth charged with violence against prominent Mvuma businessman Crispen Thomu who contested in the Zanu PF primary elections have been convicted and given jail sentences with an option to pay fines.
    The sentence was delivered to a packed courtroom where tens of youth and party stalwarts came to give solidarity to the accused youth.
    Magistrate Tayengwa Chibanda sentenced Dadirai Methie, Maidei Dume and Fanuel Thami to 30 days in prison each with an option to pay fine of $150 each.
    Thami, who was being charged on a separate case of assaulting Thomu's campaign manager Tremendous Musara, was ordered to pay $200 fine for the offence or go to jail for one month.
    The case was of particular interest because it involved youth who claimed throughout the campaign that they represented Prosper Machando a candidate said to have been anointed by First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa.
    Through their lawyer, Tinomudaishe Chinyoka of Gunje Legal Practice, the trio had applied for the matter to be transferred to the ConCourt arguing that the presiding magistrate was not impartial.
    The State said on April 16 2018, the trio, who were rallying behind Machando, a contestant for the Chirumanzi-Zibagwe seat sang and chanted slogans at Spar Complex in Mvuma. 
    They then vandalised a motorbike which was under the custody of Zanu PF Ward 13 Councillor Musara.
    The motorbike had its gearbox damaged.
    Bernard Nyoni represented the State.

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