Former Energy minister and MDC Alliance war veteran Dzikamai Mavhaire was yesterday convicted and sentenced to four days imprisonment for refusing to come to court after he was subpoenaed to testify in a case involving bribery at the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC).
Mavhaire, who appeared before magistrate Hosea Mujaya, was given an option to pay $20 fine for his actions.
The former minister, who was represented by his son, denied the allegations that he refused to sign a subpoena. He said the police officer did not show him the subpoena forms and did not want to be involved in a case he knew nothing about.
Mavhaire said he had received a call from Stanley Kazhanje, who is accused of getting a $10 000 bribe from Intratrek Zimbabwe director Wicknell Chivayo. He said Kazhanje wanted him to be his defence witness, but he had refused to be dragged into issues he knew nothing about.
The State, represented by prosecutor Brian Vito, had consented to the cancellation of the warrant, saying there was a miscommunication with his office on having Mavhaire as the State witness.
But Mujaya then called the police officer who went to Masvingo to subpoena him. The officer told the court that Mavhaire refused to sign the subpoena, saying he did not want to testify.
However, Mujaya dismissed Mavhaire's assertion that he did not receive any subpoena, saying a police officer could not travel from Harare to Masvingo without a document to serve.
Mavhaire was asked to come to court on April 15 to testify.
Mavhaire a war veteran, joined the Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance in October 2018. The MDC President, Nelson Chamisa, quickly moved to establish a war veteran's wing tasked to descend on grassroots mass recruitment and member education as the urban dominant opposition party sought rural electorate to buy into the party's ideological pathways.
Chamisa pleaded with war veterans stalwart and former NPP Chairperson Dzikamai Mavhaire, who led a delegation from NPP among them a cross section of liberation war heroes, to descend into the rural areas to hear the issues the rural folks have.
"We want the liberation icons like Mavhaire and the rest of you. We want integrate both the old and the young so that we go forward," Chamisa said back then.