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CCC's Kufahakutizwi out on free bail

by Staff reporter
13 Dec 2023 at 00:15hrs | Views
Former Mabvuku-Tafara MP Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi, associated with the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has been granted bail without charge by Harare magistrate Esther Chichera.

Kufahakutizwi faces charges of malicious damage to property, accused of breaking the windows of a vehicle linked to the Pastors 4ED group, used by Zanu-PF supporters campaigning for his opponent, Pedzai 'Scott' Sakupwanya, ahead of Saturday's by-elections. Sakupwanya became the uncontested Member of Parliament after Kufahakutizwi was disqualified by the High Court for submitting nomination papers under CCC, which had recalled him.

Additionally, Kufahakutizwi is charged with assault. Prosecutors allege that he assaulted a Mabvuku resident during a confrontation at a funeral for stepping on his lawn.

In the first charge, Patrick Chiremba, aged 45, authorized the use of his Toyota Hiace by Douglas Matadi, the National Administration Officer for Pastors in Action 4ED, for Zanu-PF's campaign. On November 21, 2023, at Kamunhu Shopping Centre, Mabvuku, Kufahakutizwi and his associates allegedly forced open Chiremba's vehicle, demanding to see Morgan Mupfurutsa. Kufahakutizwi purportedly instructed his associates to destroy the vehicle, stating in vernacular language, "aya mapastors for ED ngavazive zvevhangeri chete, pwanyai mota iyoyo" (translated: pastors4ED should stick to preaching, not politics; destroy their car).

Regarding the assault charge, the complainant is Michael Nyasulu, aged 35. On November 18, 2023, during a funeral opposite Nyasulu's residence at 59 Shashe Crescent, New Mabvuku, an altercation arose when Nyasulu asked mourners to move away from his garden. Kufahakutizwi allegedly approached Nyasulu, noticing his Zanu-PF cap, and assaulted him, claiming he had thrown stones at mourners. Nyasulu reported the incident to the police after being rescued by his brother William Nyasulu.

Source - newzimbabwe