‘MDC-T MP trial turns political’

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The trial of MDC-T Zengeza East MP Alexio Musundire, who is accused of pointing a gun at his child’s friends, took a new twist on Monday after the defence, led by Alec Muchadehama, said his prosecution was political.

Muchadehama told Harare magistrate Anita Tshuma the case against Musundire had assumed political overtones.

This came after Musundire (39) realised one Samushonga, a Zanu PF activist and suspected member of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), was involved in the matter.

“Accused was surprised to be called by the police over these allegations. He then realised one Samushonga, a well-known Zanu PF activist and suspected member of the CIO, had become entangled in this matter,” Muchadehama said.

“Samushonga on behalf of Zanu PF now wanted accused, who is a member of the MDC-T, painted as a criminal who goes about pointing firearms at children.”

Musundire is being accused of contravening Section 27(b) of the Firearms Act Chapter 10:09, after he allegedly pointed a gun at four schoolchildren.

Prosecutor Joyce Sithole said the four went to Musundire’s Belvedere home where one of the four wanted to give Musundire’s son a counter book. Upon their arrival, it is alleged, the four met Musundire who turned them away, but left them at the gate.

The children are said to have started calling Musundire’s son, but he did not come out to meet them. The four, according to the State, decided to leave before Musundire drove after them.

He allegedly confronted them and produced an Amadeo Rossi revolver which he pointed and threatened to shoot them.

Musundire allegedly told the children they would be killed if he were to see them again near his residence. Musundire is alleged to have reversed his vehicle and drove back to his house.

The four schoolchildren were later advised by an unidentified man to report the matter to the police, which they did, leading to Musundire’s arrest.He is out of custody on $50 bail.The trial continues on Friday.