BY Simbarashe Sithole
A 41-YEAR-OLD Marondera-based Central Intelligence Organisation operative was back at Guruve Magistrates’ Courts this week for contempt of court after being convicted of the same charge last year.
William Wachenuka, of plot number 7, Disi Farm in Mvurwi, was not asked to plead to contempt of court and malicious damage of property charges when he appeared before magistrate Shingirai Mutiro, who remanded the matter to May 30 for trial.
The State alleges that on July 16, 2009, Wachenuka was ordered by the High Court not to interfere with John Strong’s farm operations under order number HC116/09.
On April 5, he reportedly took his worker, Stephen Hare, and disconnected six poly pipes which drew water from a dam inside Wachenuka’s farm. The pipes were drawing water to Strong’s farm.
They allegedly dumped the pipes about 1km away.
On March 28 at around 9am, Wachenuka is said to have then instructed Hare and Last Akimu to dig up the mainline waterpipes at Strong’s farm.
The pipes draw water from the dam through the accused’s farm to the complainant’s farm.
Wachenuka also allegedly told Lancerote Kazingizi a security guard at Strong’s farm that he had damaged the main pipeline for them not to access water for irrigation.
On April 9 the complainant made a tour of his water pipeline and discovered that his mainline pipes were damaged on two different points.
The value of the damaged property is US$1 000. Albert Mzhindu represented the State.
Wachenuka was convicted of another contempt of court charge in November last year by Guruve magistrate Artwel Sanyatwi after defying a High Court order barring him from taking possession of an irrigation pump from Strong.
He pleaded for a non-custodial sentence, saying he had nine wives and 26 children that needed his support.