FIVE suspected Zanu PF activists from Chitungwiza appeared in court last Friday facing assault, theft and malicious damage to property charges after they allegedly raided a privately-owned car park in the dormitory town.
By Sofia Mapuranga
The suspects — Enest Kafere (33), Arbson Chipere (32), Simon Shumba (28), Nicholas Gweje (34) and Patience Mushave (30) — were not asked to plead when they appeared before magistrate Lazarus Murendo and were remanded out of custody to March 8 this year.
Circumstances into the matter were that on February 15 this year, the five allegedly stormed Paul Chakaingesu’s car park and ordered him to a tent. They then allegedly ordered him to remove his car park from where it was allocated.
Kafere is said to have introduced himself as the Zanu PF youth chairman and Chipere as his deputy, while Shumba was introduced as the secretary for the party’s youth wing.
Gweje was said to be the party’s security officer and Mushave as a party member.
The five are said to have claimed that the car park had encroached into an area earmarked for Gweje’s mobile money booth.
The State alleges that when Chakaingesu refused to comply, the youths assaulted him and removed off his boundary fence.
Chakaingesu managed to escape and filed a criminal report at the police station and when he came back, he found most of his goods, including his mobile phone, stolen.
Norman Koropi prosecuted.