STAFF WRITER 12 July 2018
HARARE – In a ruling that is set to peg back politically-motivated
violence and intimidation, two main MDC supporters have been slapped with
a combined 24-month jail term for assaulting a Zanu PF sympathiser for
wearing the ruling party’s T-shirt.
The two brothers – Robert and Itai Kabvunza who are resident in Mutasa
Central – an opposition stronghold, were convicted after a full trial by
magistrate Tendai Mahwe who, however, set aside four months on condition
of good behaviour from each of their sentences.
They will serve an effective eight months each.
Although no medical report was tendered in court, the duo were handed the
penalty as a deterrent to would-be-offenders as the country pushes to
deliver free, fair and credible elections on July 30.
It was the State’s case that the duo approached Jairos Nyamururu who was
wearing a Zanu PF T-shirt on July 4 and began quizzing him over why he was
They were allegedly bitter over his decision to support the ruling party.
Robert then grabbed Nyamururu by the collar and Itai immediately started
assaulting him with clenched fists.
Nyamururu managed to escape and filed an assault report at Mutasa Central
Police Station, leading to the arrest of the brothers.
Fletcher Karombe was prosecuting.