FORMER Zanu PF Manicaland provincial deputy chairperson Dorothy Mabika has been acquitted of the stocktheft and obstruction of justice charges she was facing.
In her ruling yesterday, Mutare magistrate Sekesai Chiundura said there was no evidence that Mabika had committed the crimes. Mabika was being charged with stealing six bull calves donated to Zanu PF by Chipinge farmer Dawid Herculus Joubert and attempting to tamper with party documents to conceal the crime.
The party claimed the offence was committed on September 7 2012 at Mabika’s Shiriyakangwara Farm in Chipinge.
The six bulls were meant for the party’s inter-district conference.
During trial, Mabika accused the State’s star witness and Zanu PF national secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa of seeking to persecute her after she spurned his sexual advances.
She maintained that she was a victim of political persecution.
Recently, Mabika was also acquitted on another charge of stocktheft where she was jointly charged with suspended provincial chairman Mike Madiro after the court ruled that the matter be dealt with as a disciplinary matter at party level.