KADOMA — The case of Mhondoro-Ngezi MP (Zanu PF) Mike Gava (32) facing charges of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and four other charges of violating the Firearms Act on Friday got to another twist after the complainant dropped the charges on “compassionate grounds”.
The MP’s former lover, Thandeka Chitombo (21) filed a withdrawal affidavit before magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba, telling the court she had done so on her own volition.
“I realised that Mike (Gava) is human and is bound to make mistakes hence I have decided to withdraw the charges,” said Chitombo, before she drove off in the youthful MP’s Ford Everest car.
The matter was remanded to October 10 when the trial involving the remaining gun law violation charges is expected to resume. Steve Murambashiri of Jarvis and Palferman Law Firm is representing Gava.
The case has had several false starts.
The last time trial was scheduled to kick-off, the prosecutor handling the matter, Reginald Chavora, was recused from the case which was then taken over by Chegutu prosecutor-in-charge Allan Chifokoyo over yet unclear circumstances.
Allegations against Gava are that on April 17 this year at Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre casino, he pointed a Taurus revolver at two hotel employees, Charmaine Nyamadzawo and Rudo Marima.
The MP, the State further alleges, was in a drunken stupor and
acting rowdily, and fired one shot from the pistol resulting in a bullet shuttering a window pane before it hit a wall.
The firearm is unlicensed, the State argues.
It was further averred that Gava left the hotel casino and proceeded to the car park where he met Chitombo.
He allegedly told complainant he wanted to have be intimate with her and have a child with her. This, the State argues, the MP did to “fix” his ex-lover for dating an unnamed local businessman.
Gava, while still wielding the gun, force-marched Chitombo to his car and drove to his Mayfair Farm situated on the outskirts of the city. The lawmaker, it was heard, assaulted Chitombo after she tried to flee and left her for dead.