Mutare West MP Shuah Mudiwa whose conviction was quashed by the High Court last week said he believed the magistrate who convicted and sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment for alleged kidnapping, did so with an ulterior motive.
Mudiwa and his co-accused, his brother Takudzwa Mudiwa and Patricia Chikide Mwashuma were convicted by magistrate Hlekani Mwayera in 2009 for allegedly kidnapping a 12-year-old.
Last week Justice Ben Hlatshwayo sitting with Judge President Justice George Chiweshe quashed the conviction and sentence after finding that the magistrate misdirected herself by placing the onus on Mudiwa and his co-accused to prove their innocence.
Mudiwa said he was happy the case was over and said he would soon resume his duties as an MP and represent his constituency.
“The whole trial was full of contradictions and inconsistencies which the magistrate could have picked to make a just decision. I am still at pains to find out whose interest she was trying to serve in view of the gaps and loopholes which were not plugged off in the trial,” said Mudiwa.
He said he had a bad experience in remand prison where he stayed for two weeks before getting bail at the High Court.
“I spent two weeks at Mutare Remand Prison before being granted bail. It was a nasty experience and I was also suspended from Parliament for something I knew nothing about.
“The people of Mutare West were deprived from being represented for that period up to now. I will be resuming my duties soon and there is a lot of catch-up to do, especially the Chiadzwa issue in my constituency,” Mudiwa said.
Mudiwa said many people could be in prison for no reason because of magistrates who failed to take time to scrutinise cases before them.
“I wonder how many people are languishing in prison for nothing. It was clear from the trial that the case was a creation,” he added.