It never rains, but pours for MDC-T MP for Gokwe-Kabuyuni Costin Muguti.
The beleaguered legislator was again dragged to court on Tuesday over allegations of inciting violence, undermining police authority and unlawfully taking pictures of a military barrack, but the case was not heard.
Muguti, who recently spent nearly three months in remand prison on violence charges, was arrested last Thursday as he left the Kwekwe Magistrates’ Court where he was attending trial for allegedly threatening to beat up Chief Samuel Samambwa of Zhombe.
Muguti’s trial in the latest case, however, failed to kick off at Gokwe Magistrates’ Court yesterday after prosecutors declined to prosecute saying the evidence before them was weak and instructed the police to further investigate the matter.
Muguti told NewsDay that after a meeting with the State counsel, he was advised that they would proceed by way of summons as police had not exhausted investigations.
Muguti had gone to court in the company of his lawyer, Reginald Chidawanyika.
“I was supposed to appear in court today, but after waiting throughout the morning, I was told the matter could not go into court today since investigations are yet to be completed. The matter will now proceed by ways of summons,” said Muguti.
The embattled MP, who has been arrested twice this year on violence-related charges, claimed police were angered by his visit to Manoti business centre on June 18 to inspect a suspected torture base set up by Zanu PF militias during the bloody June 27 run-off elections.
“We had gone to inspect a very deep pit which villagers were alleging was being used as a torture base. We wanted council to seal off that pit because we feared if left like that it could be used again. Next to it we are told there is an army base,” said Muguti.
“I have received a threat from members of the army in Manoti who told me that if I ever set foot there again I would be shot dead,” he said.