By Martin Muleya

Former Movement of Democratic Change Minister of Rural and Social Amneties Zimbabwean Giles Mutsekwa who was also the former Dangamvura/Chikanga legislator was dragged to Mutare magistrate court today, on charges of assault.

The former legislator who was jointly charged with fired MDC-T Mutare mayor Tatenda Nhamarare (30), Kingstone Mutandi (38) and Raphel Mutandi (29) appeared before Mutare senior magistrate Sekesai Chiwundura.

The charges against the four arose sometime in June this year just before the July 31 harmonised elections where the four assaulted Dangamvura ward 13 councillor Crispen Dube (MDC-T) after accusing him of sabotaging Mutsekwa’s chances of representing the party on the member of parliament seat by catapulting Arnold Tsunga, who wanted to contest for the same post on the part’s ticket.

Dube who was championing Tsunga’s faction also wanted the party leadership to confirm lawyer Arnold Tsunga as the candidate who had the blessings of the party to stand in the Member of Parliament race.

Prosecutor Malvern Musarurwa told the court that on the 7th of June this year the four pounced on Chrispen Dube and accused him of decampaigning Giles Mutsekwa from being confirmed as the MDC-Tcandidate for Dangamvura/Chikanga constituency.

“On 7 June 2013 the accused was outside ZESA Megawatt building in Mutare when he was approached by the accused persons who were in a Toyota Prado registration number ACF 3997.

The accused disembarked from the vehicle and confronted the complainant ,accusing him of decampaigning Giles Mutsekwa from being confirmed as the MDC-T candidate for Dangamvura/Chikanga in the just ended harmonized elections”.

The court heard that Mutsekwa incited his accomplices to ‘deal’ with the complainant who was tripped and head butted once on the face. It was also alleged that the three accused acting on the former Minister’s instructions assaulted the complainant with fists and booted feet all over the body.

“The complainant sustained cuts on the upper and lower lips, five shaking teeth, painful left elbow, painful left hip and a bruise on the inner right ankle as a result of the assault,” said prosecutor Musarurwa.

The four who are on bail were represented by Farai Matinure and Chris Ndlovu of Gonese and Ndlovu Legal Practitioners and the matter will continue next year on the 9thand 10th of January 2014 when the trial kicks off.

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