By Esther Moyo
Six Zanu PF youths who allegedly caused chaos during Zanu PF’s internal polls in kwekwe on Sunday have been denied bail.
The six are Zvidzai Maisva (34)Burden Mawarire (35) Amon Mutondorwa (34) Elliot Gideon (38) Itai Mutandwa (36) and Tafadzwa Mutema.
Kwekwe magistrate Florence Nago in denieng bail to the six said, “they pose a threat to the witnesses which will jeopardise investigations.”
“Due to the gravity of the offence and the strong collaborative evidence from independent witnesses,the accused persons are likely to abscond court to evade conviction and that there are likely to interfere with witnesses thereby jeopardizing investigations,” Nago said.
The six have since been remanded in custody and are set to appear back in court on the 21st of October for trial.
The polls which pitted political rivals Zanu PF’s losing parliamentary candidate Kandross Mugabe and Energy Ncube were aimed at finding a party candidate to replace Kwekwe legislator Masango Matambanadzo.
Matambanadzo died in July this year.
It is the State’s Case that the six and others who are still at large assaulted police officers and destroyed property within the Zanu PF yard.
“The accussed persons attacked police officers and manhandled Sergeant Mubika who was armed with a service pistol intending to disarm him. During the course Sergeant Mubika’s grey uniform shirt got torn and buttons ripped off,” State papers read.
To disperse the aggressive crowd police had to use tear gas. “Police had to use tear gas and fire warning shots to manage the scene and arrested the accused persons.
“The court heard that the 5 and their accomplices who are still at large disturbed publice peace and security through their actions.
“They teamed up and went to Zanu PF District Headquarters, Kwekwe where they engaged into public violence by assaulting people with stones, open hands and fists,” the court heard.
The State further said the five went on to damage a, “windscreen of a Toyota Landcruiser Reg No AFG 5827 and deflating all the four wheels of the vehicles by removing sticker valves. They further deflated all 4 wheels of a Toyota Hilux Reg No ACX 0369 by severing them with sharp instruments.
Accused persons further damaged the front windscreendls and fender of a Mazda Excella Reg Number ADY 3345 using stones. They stole people’s various property.”