MDC–T councillor Sydney Chirombe (43), who is facing sodomy charges, was yesterday denied bail by Harare magistrate Milton Serima, who invoked President Robert Mugabe’s sentiments on homosexuality in turning down the councillor’s bid for freedom.
Chirombe is jointly charged with Joseph Muchena (23) with whom he was allegedly caught pants down.
Serima further agreed with prosecutor Sharon Mashavira that Chirombe was likely to re-offend, was a flight risk and that he was of no fixed abode.
He added that although Muchena was previously charged with sodomy in Kariba (case number 50/02/14) and subsequently acquitted, there was “also a high propensity that he will commit similar offences”.
The court also ruled that Chirombe’s position in society, where he is a councillor, could induce him to abscond.
Allegations against the two are that on May 15, police from Glen Norah found the two accused persons engaging in anal sex inside a car.
After they realised they had been caught in the act, Chirombe, whose undergarment was at knee–level, allegedly jumped onto the driver’s seat with the intention of driving off.
But one of the police officers grabbed the keys through the window and arrested the pair.