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We’ll beat you up Governor — residents

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Angry leaders of a residents-association in Bindura threatened to beat up the governor and resident minister for Mashonaland Central province, Martin Dinha, following a misunderstanding over the reinstatement of the council’s town clerk.
Chairperson of Bindura Resident and Ratepayers Association (Bura) Olleys Mazorodze (55) and organising seceratry Moses Nyazema (39) were subsequently arrested and will appear in court today on charges of assault as defined in section 89 (i) (b) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act 9:23.
It is alleged that Mazorodze threatened the governor by saying: “Pese pandichakuona kunze kwepolice station tinokurova.” (Whenever I meet you outside a police station I will beat you up).
Nyazema allegedly weighed in threatening saying: “Hongu tinokurova waakufarisa. Itotenda kuti uri pakamba yemapurisa” (Yes, we will beat you you. You are becoming too big for your shoes. You are lucky that you are in a police station).
The incident allegedly took place on July 9 at Bindura Central Police Station.
According to the State, the threats inflicted fear in Dinha, who believed the two would use force against him.
The governor is said to have immediately made a police report resulting in the arrest of the two.
Mazorodze and Nyazema risk imprisonment of up to 10 years if convicted. Both men are denying the charges. Section 89 (1) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act reads: “Any person who threatens whether by words or gestures, to assault another person, intending to inspire or realising that there is a real risk or possibility of inspiring, in the mind of the person threatened a reasonable fear or belief that force will immediately be used against him or her shall be guilty of assault and liable to a fine of up to, or exceeding level 14 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years or both.”

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