SIX more Zanu PF youths linked to the bloody intraparty clashes that rocked the ruling party’s Bulawayo provincial offices on Sunday appeared in court on Tuesday facing assault and public violence charges.
BY SILAS NKALA
They were accused of assaulting and stabbing Zanu PF Bulawayo central district chairperson, Magura Charumbira.
These are Hardlife Ndlovu (31), Butholezwe Ngwenya (35), Cosmas Ncube (39), Maqhawe Sibanda (33), Hilda Ncube (22) and Khulani Prince Ncube (25).
They were not asked to plead to the assault charge when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Adeline Mbeure who remanded them out of custody to June 9.
State allegations are that on May 21, the suspects manhandled Charumbira, as he approached Zanu PF’s Bulawayo provincial headquarters at Davis Hall and dragged him inside, where they indiscriminately assaulted him with a switch and open hands.
In the ensuing melee, Cosmas who was armed with an okapi knife joined in and stabbed Charumbira once on the head before police intervened and dispersed the rowdy groups, who were fighting over the fate of the ruling party’s political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere.
Earlier on, Charumbira and two other party youths and war veterans had appeared before magistrate, Tinashe Tashaya, facing charges, of assaulting war veteran George Mlala and provincial youth leader Anna Makgohloa.
These were remanded to June 2 for trial.