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Gokwe MP denies retaliating to ‘Blackman’ assault

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GOKWE-KANA MP Owen Ncube (Zanu PF) yesterday told trial magistrate Letwin Rwodzi that he did not retaliate when his Kwekwe Central counterpart Masango “Blackman” Matambanadzo and his bodyguard Beden Mawire repeatedly pummelled him with clenched fists last month because he respected the law.

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Ncube made the remarks while testifying during the trial of Matambanadzo and Mawire, who are facing assault charges.

He said after the incident, which occurred at Amaveni business centre, he immediately reported the matter at Kwekwe Central Police Station.

“He (Matambanadzo) punched me in the face and as he did that, his bodyguard also punched me with a heavy blow. As soon as I realised that these guys were up to no good, I drove off at high speed and went to report the matter at the police,” Ncube said.

“They assaulted a strong man who lifts weights and that man, who is standing here, did not retaliate because he knows the law, not because he was afraid,” Ncube said.

He denied claims by Matambanadzo’s lawyer Liberty Mashanyare that he had fabricated the incident to destroy his client’s political career.

Mashanyare further told the court that if indeed Ncube had been assaulted by Matambanadzo and Mawire, both trained boxers, “he would be missing an eye”.

“I, therefore, put it to you that they did not touch you,” Mashanyare said Ncube dismissed the claims, saying: “Matambanadzo is an ordinary [Zanu PF] card-carrying member who is not even in my league. Therefore, I have no reason to want to attack his person or political life. I even helped him fill documents at Parliament because he could not do it. So why would I hate him?”

Matambanadzo has publicly confessed that he is a Grade Two drop-out.

The trial will continue on September 26.

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