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Chief Ndondo fined for villager assault

by Staff reporter
16 Nov 2017 at 04:47hrs | Views
CHIEF Ndondo of Mbembesi and his messenger were yesterday fined $200 or one month in jail for assaulting a villager with a knobkerrie before tying him to a tree for six hours after accusing him of failing to attend court meetings.

Bulawayo regional magistrate Mr Joseph Mabeza convicted Chief Ndondo, born Dumisani Basil Ndondo (37) and Nzengelani Mpengesi (60) of kidnapping and assaulting Mr Even Ndlovu.

They were sentenced to an additional three months which were wholly suspended for five years on condition that the pair does not within that period commit a similar offence.

In passing the sentence, Mr Mabeza condemned the accused persons' behaviour.

He said the two men were convicted of a serious offence.

They assaulted Mr Ndlovu with a knobkerrie and tied him to a tree for six hours in April this year, accusing him of disregarding the Chief's court.

Chief Ndondo hit Mr Ndlovu three times on the thighs with a knobkerrie.

After assaulting Mr Ndlovu, he ordered Mpengesi to hit Mr Ndlovu 17 times with the same knobkerrie.

The court heard that Chief Ndondo stepped on Mr Ndlovu's head while other villagers held the complainant down as he accused him of disrespecting him in an incident that occurred at the Chief's homestead.

Mr Ndlovu said he was assaulted by the Chief as punishment for demeaning him.

Prosecuting, Mr Tinashe Dzipe said Chief Ndondo and Mpengesi assaulted Mr Ndlovu on April 22 at the chief's homestead.

He said Chief Ndondo summoned Mr Ndlovu to his homestead and accused him of disrespecting him by not attending village meetings before assaulting him and later tying him to a tree.

Ndondo was installed as Chief Ndondo in October last year following the death of his uncle Dr Neville Ndondo, who was also a former Ambassador to Angola, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

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