Beauty Zhuwao, wife to Manyame MP, Patrick Zhuwao, allegedly assaulted an MDC-T MP, Bednock Nyaude, on Tuesday morning at a constitutional outreach meeting.
Patrick is President Robert Mugabe’s nephew.
Copac co-chairpersons Paul Mangwana and Douglas Mwonzora Friday said they had been informed of the incident and added that Nyaude and Zhuwao were asked to write reports of what transpired.
They said a disciplinary hearing would be conducted after reports were received.
Nyaude, MP for Bindura South constituency and Copac team leader in Kadoma, were allegedly punched after they denied Zhuwao permission to participate in a team leaders’ crisis meeting.
The incident occurred between 10am and 11am outside the District Administrator’s offices and was reportedly witnessed by police officers who moved in to restrain the MP’s wife.
Nyaude filed a report at Kadoma Police Station in a case recorded under Initial Report Number 0932557 of September 7 2010.
According to eyewitnesses, Zhuwao, who is a rapporteur in an outreach team led by Nyaude, Virginia Katyamaenza (Zanu PF) and Sinongile Mugijima (MDC-M), allegedly went berserk after she was told she could not participate in a meeting meant to discuss a request by Zanu PF to replace a member who had not reported for duty.
Nyaude confirmed the incident, saying: “We were discussing, as team leaders, a replacement request from Zanu PF. They wanted a person who had not reported for duty to be replaced but we were not agreeable. She then joined the discussion and hurled insults at us.
“I asked her what the problem was but she continued to verbally abuse us.
“Mugijima later told her to keep quiet since the matter was for team leaders but it seems she was incensed by the remarks.
“She was shouting at the top of her voice and attracting a lot of attention. I asked her again what she was complaining about and she responded by punching me in the chest.
“There were some police officers in the vicinity and they moved in to restrain her, but she kept trying to charge towards me while shouting obscenities. I later walked away and made a report to the police.”
Mwonzora said the Copac chairpersons were waiting for reports of what transpired before deciding on the action to take.
“We received that report from Honourable Matamisa. We have said Honourable Nyaude must also compile a report on the matter. From the outset, I would like to condemn such behaviour,” he said.
“We have a code of conduct and it will certainly be applied if we satisfy ourselves on the truth of the allegations. We always subject our members to due process, meaning that there will be a hearing before the judgment is delivered.”
Mangwana said he had been informed of the incident but was waiting for official communication from the concerned parties.
“At the moment, I’m not sure if it was a beerhall brawl or whether it was related to work or if it indeed happened. We have asked that those concerned provide reports and once we have those reports and the full facts of what transpired, we will review the matter from a disciplinary point of view,” said Mangwana.
Police neither confirmed nor denied the allegations despite being asked to do so since Wednesday.
Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabweazara referred all questions to Chief Superintendant Oliver Mandipaka, who requested time to verify the details but he was unreachable on his mobile phone later in the day.
On Thursday he said he was not in office and therefore could not comment.
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena would also neither confirm nor deny the allegations.
“I’m having problems getting information from Kadoma, so I cannot confirm nor deny the allegations,” he said.