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Teachers, guard in court over assault


Three teachers and a guard from Hesketh Primary School in Karoi who were arrested last week on assault charges were granted $20 bail by a Karoi magistrate on Tuesday.

The four will next appear in court on August 16.

Appearing before magistrate Elisha Singano, the four Rorden Matsaure (32), Innocent Nyoni (34), Clifford Muchingami (30) and Patrick Murira (39) a security guard were asked to report at Karoi Police Station once every month on Fridays and were ordered to reside at their given addresses.

According to the state the three teachers and Murira are alleged to have assaulted a resident, Freeman Svova, after he allegedly accused them of teaching students MDC slogans.

This is said not to have gone down well with the first accused, Singano, who picked up a brick and hit the complainant on the head.

The state further alleges that the second, third and fourth accused joined in to attack the complainant.

The matter was reported to the police leading to their arrest.

Benjamin Negato who represented the state argued that the teachers assaulted Svova after he alleged that the teachers were misguiding pupils by teaching them MDC slogans at school as the pupils ended up singing some of the party’s songs and slogans at home.

The four are being represented by Tawanda Zhuwarara and Belinda Chinowawa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

The teachers deny the assault charges and claim that they were being victimised for challenging soldiers at a meeting convened last week with villagers.

The teachers said the soldiers were allegedly coaching people on how to make contributions during a meeting held ahead of a constitutional outreach meeting to solicit people’s contributions on the new constitution.

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