Tarisai Machakaire 30 June 2017
HARARE – Activist Patson Dzamara yesterday made an emotional plea to be
spared jail saying it would strip his missing brother Itai’s children of a
Dzamara was subsequently ordered to perform 315 hours of community service
at Rotten Row Magistrates Courts over charges of obstructing the course of
justice during #Occupy Africa Unity Square demonstrations last year.
His accomplice Makomborero Haruzivishe will perform community service at
Borrowdale Police Station.
“The accused person (Dzamara) is father of one but takes care of children
of his brother’s children who was abducted on March 9, 2015.
“Having him incarcerated would be a punishment on the children who are
going to find themselves helpless with no one to cater for their needs,”
Dzamara’s lawyer Obey Shava said.
“As for the second accused person, who is university student, his future
is now in the hands of the court. We all know the consequences that
sending him to jail will have on his life.”
Harare magistrate Josephine Sande said the duo had committed a very
serious offence and noted that a baton and police cap that went missing on
the day had not been recovered.
“This offence was committed to demean that cop you robbed and people like
you will not be condoned by the courts. For that reason, you are sentenced
to 12 months imprisonment of which three months are suspended on condition
of good behaviour,” Sande ruled.
The remaining nine months were set aside on condition that Dzamara and
Haruzivishe complete 315 hours of community service within 10 weeks from
Prosecutor Nancy Chandakaona proved that on June 9 last year around
midnight, two complainants disembarked from a commuter omnibus at Fourth
Street bus terminus.
They passed through Africa Unity Square on their way to Copacabana bus
terminus to get transport to Mufakose.
Dzamara and his accomplices then confronted the complainants and seized
three ladies school uniforms, a red jersey, pair of trousers, jean skirt
and a wallet containing $30.
The other complainant lost three school jerseys and one floral dress.