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RBZ duo seeks discharge

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The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) security officers who were recently acquitted on allegations of assaulting former RBZ advisor Munyaradzi Kereke’s chauffeur, yesterday applied for discharge on yet another matter where they are accused of disorderly conduct.

The application for the acquittal of the duo was made by their lawyer, Linos Mazonde, when the State closed its case after its last witness had testified.

The State is today expected to submit its response to the application.

The charges against Phillip Dendere (47) and George Nyahuye (36) allegedly arose as a result of the feud between RBZ governor Gideon Gono and his former advisor Kereke.

When Dendere and Nyahuye’s trial commenced last month, Kereke told magistrate Tendai Mahwe that Gono hired people to attack his personal driver, Privilege Maturure.

But the duo was acquitted on the assault charge after it emerged that Maturure forged his medical affidavit.

Maturure has since been arrested and is now on bail, pending trial for forgery.

Allegations against Dendere and Nyahuye are that on March 12, Kereke was being driven to the city centre by Maturure when he realised he was being stalked by Dendere and Nyahuye for almost 30 minutes.

The State alleges Kereke then decided to drive back to his medical centre, Rock Foundation, but the two men continued to follow them.

The two allegedly continued to tail the trio until they got inside the medical centre where Maturure parked the vehicle.

After a short while, the duo reportedly drove inside and parked their vehicle in front of the medical centre, blocking ambulances and other vehicles from entering the premises.

In their defence, Dendere and Nyahuye denied the offence arguing they acted on instructions from their bosses.

They were allegedly ordered to track and identify where the RBZ vehicle, which Kereke took from the central bank, was being hidden.

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