Mangoma ‘attackers’ acquitted

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NINE MDC–T activists who had been facing charges of assaulting the party’s former deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma have been acquitted.

PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI
SENIOR REPORTER

Harare magistrate Milton Serima acquitted the party activists after ruling that the State had failed to prove a case against them.

Denford Ngadziore (32), Francis Machimbidzofa (38), Enock Mukudu (31), Samson Tumai Nerwande (41), Stefani Jahwi (36), Paul Gorekore (30), Shakespear Mukoyi (38), Rhino Mashaya (33) and James Chidhakwa (31) — from the party’s security department — had been accused of contravening Section 89 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 after they allegedly waylaid Mangoma at Harvest House — the party headquarters.

“Evidence from the State witnesses had inconsistencies. Evidence must be like the proverbial biblical scriptures in Matthew, Mark and Luke. It must flow,” Serima said.

The magistrate concurred with defence lawyer Douglas Mwonzora, who is also MDC-T spokesperson that the complainant did not recognise any of the alleged assailants whom Mwonzora said had come to restore order.

Mwonzora also argued that a video recording of the incident proved that none of his clients were involved in the alleged attack.

The State, represented by Venencia Mutake, had alleged that on February 15 this year at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, the accused persons waylaid Mangoma outside Harvest House and allegedly confronted him as he tried to get into party president and former Premier Morgan Tsvangirai’s vehicle.

The court heard that the youths allegedly assaulted the former Energy minister in the unity government with open hands and clenched fists all over.

Mangoma is alleged to have suffered nose bleeding while his spectacles valued at $300 were damaged and his shirt was torn.

Mangoma was then whisked away in Tsvangirai’s vehicle. The four accused were arrested on February 25.

18 COMMENTS

  1. But after spending months in remand.
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  2. so then who attacked him? no further arrests will be made from now? i think this one is like the one which i have always been asking. who killed cain nkala?

  3. Typical sell out cry by Mangoma.He thought he would succeed in creating a false impression that MDC-T was a violent political party. Go to hell Mangoma,no wonder why your boss BITI ignored your foolish cry.The learned magistrate did justice. Your fellow idiot Sipepa Nkomo claims you cannot do your party business at HARVEST HSE,your party headquarters where your supporters converge as & when you call them for fear of your same supporters. It’s very strange..

    • are u saying mangoma haana kurohwa? say whatever you want, kuno kwarusape we are behind mangoma and biti

  4. ko biti na mufume havasi malawyer here ko ngava batsire chirema ka asi vanoda mari fut kuzvirema nhai veduweee ngavabatsire shamwari yavo ah ndanzwa tsitsi mangoma kushaya anomumiririra kuma bhururu ake shame biti shame unonyanya kuda mari

  5. so if he was not killed why did reuben rush to byo to make all that noise about mdc at that time. i ask because this guy had to be killed because he was about to tell us who killed david colthard’s agent. so if he was not killed what happened. did he die of aids?

  6. Vagara vanga vasina mhosva, thank you judge. Mangoma, Biti and Zipepa must not abuse the courts to appease their oversized egos. Muvaudze kuti Air Marshal ndiye adaro. Ndiri pano.

  7. VaMangoma vaendesei kuNgomahuru kuMasvingo vandochereswa mvura nemigomo isina zvigadziko. He is one of the most stuoid people i have ever seen in life. Some people enter politict thru back door and they shall exit thru the same entrance naZikomu wake kkkk

  8. Jacob Mafume was saying MDC is being advised by questionable lawyers, but now Mwonzora has won the case, so who is a questionable lawyer…. the answer is Mafume. This Mafume is he really a practicing lawyer, I doubt, MDC-TB is now behaving like village politicians, wakaroorei mumwedzi wembudzi usina kutitaurira…………………….kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  9. Excuse and ladies and gentlemen. I am told the State produced a video of the attack according to this story as it unfolded at the beginning. Can someone explain to me how a competent state could not identify people on the video especially when there suspects arrested who could easily be matched to the attackers on video? Ivo vamangoma you tell me he could not identify his assailants especially that there was a video. How could the state continue to push a case as weak as this unless it had other motives. I dont defend violence but arrestig the wrong pple is an act of violence in itself. So who beat/or bite mangoma whichever happened to him? we are back to cain khala mystrious shoeless murderers.PRUPULGANDA its terrible. Sorry mangoma

  10. haiwawo. ka stage-work ako. from the word go we questioned the authenticity of the attack itself. at first, it was a drunken youth later a mob including Chematama’s security then later he didnt know who attacked him. hembe kubvaruka Madrum, maGogorosi kupwanyika, Pen yosara muhomwe. indava circus blaz imimi? if it was an inside job would you think your attackers would be so obvious? kana neni ndiri Chematama, ndingatuma vanhu kunorova pamberi pemaCamera? NXAAAAAAA!

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