MDC-T charged over threats

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LUPANE — Four MDC-T councillors from Lupane East constituency have appeared in court for allegedly threatening to beat up Zanu PF activists who displayed the anti-sanctions campaign placards during Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s visit in the area sometime last year.

Kayen Keen Mpofu (35) of Gwampa, Esau Sibanda (71) of Daluka, Stephen Mganyulwa Ngwenya (67) of Lupanda and Nah Khumalo (38) of St Paul were not asked to plead to charges of making threats of violence when they appeared before Lupane magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba recently.

They were remanded out of custody on free bail to March 21 for trial. The four are being represented by Lizwe Jamela.

The court heard that on October 27 last year, the four connived to use threats of violence against two Zanu PF youths, Soneni Dube and Bruce Moyo, while at the New Registry Complex in Lupane which Tsvangirai was visiting.

The two Zanu PF activists were reportedly holding placards inscribed “No to sanctions”.

The four allegedly jumped off their car when they spotted the offensive placards and confronted the Zanu PF activists.

They later confiscated and tore up the placards and ordered the Zanu PF activists to leave the place. It is alleged the four further threatened unspecified action against the pair if the MDC-T wins the forthcoming general elections.

Sanders Sibanda is prosecuting.