A local man accused of robbing his former employer and escaping from cops while in leg irons has told the court that the charges were fabricated after he turned down his former employer’s se xual advances.
Stanley Muzamba, 33, from Chisuma Village under Chief Mvuthu outside Victoria Falls, is accused of breaking into a lodge where he was once employed and stealing a TV set and piece of soap.
He was arrested following investigators but escaped while in leg irons after investigators took him to Zambezi River gorges for indications.
Appearing before Victoria Falls magistrate Rangarirai Gakanje recently, Muzamba dropped a bombshell on the police saying he was still at a loss for words on why they dumped him in the gorges in leg irons.
Muzamba was once employed at Africa Premier Safaris as a security guard and officer.
He pleaded not guilty to unlawful entry, theft and escaping from lawful custody as he accused his former employer Abigail Nyamawonga of lying against him.
“I never stole anything from her. She used to give me gifts and the things she says I stole are things she gave me,” he said.
“I would accept the gifts not knowing her intentions and I stopped when I realised that
she was making se xual advances towards me.
“That’s when I quit my job to avoid her because I am married and wasn’t comfortable with her advances.”
Turning to his alleged escape from lawful custody, Muzamba said: “I did not escape but instead the police dumped me in the gorges. The leg irons broke when I fell into the gorges.”
Asked why he surrendered himself to the police five days later with the cuffs cutting into his swollen ankles, Muzamba said he wondered why the police dumped him in the gorges when he was supposed to be in their custody.
Particulars of the case are that Muzamba, towards the end of last month broke into a lodge and stole a 32-inch television set and a piece of soap. New Zimbabwe