LATEST: Another Zanu PF official mercilessly bashes police officer while resisting arrest

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Zanu PF Chinhoyi ward 10 councillor, Voster Mashevedzanwa, has been arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Mashevedzanwa (41), together with Njabulo Ndlovu and Peter Kampeni, yesterday appeared before Chinhoyi magistrate Felix Mawadze facing assault charges and were granted $50 each.

It is the state case that on May 16, the trio assaulted a police officer, Joseph Kamuremwa, and resisted arrest when confronted for money laundering.

The accused allegedly pulled the officer out of the car and started assaulting him with clenched fists and kicked him all over the body.

Dismissing bail opposition by public prosecutor Nyasha Sibeta, magistrate Mawadze said the state had no strong facts to deny them bail since it was a simple case of assault. The trio will appear in court on June 3, 2019 for trial.

Meanwhile, Paul Masikati, another top Zanu PF official based in Marondera, who, together with fellow ruling party youths, stormed a police base and assaulted a cop in a bid to free his arrested son, was on Wednesday sentenced to 12 months in jail by Marondera magistrate Arnold Maburo.

Masikati (48), a former Zanu PF councillor, was convicted of assault and obstructing the course of justice charges. He will, however, serve an effective six-month jail term after six months were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

His accomplice, Kudakwashe Zhou (25) was also given the same sentence while a warrant of arrest has been issued on Courage Ben (26), who is yet to appear in court for assaulting the police officer identified as Paenias Mashiri.

According to court papers, on September 18 last year, Mashiri arrested Masikati’s son for assault in Cherutombo.

Masikati was tipped of his son’s arrest and proceeded to the Cherutombo Police Base in the company of some Zanu PF youths and confronted Mashiri.

Masikati grabbed Mashiri by the collar and slapped him once on the face before Ben and Zhou joined in the scuffle and took turns to assault Mashiri, tearing his trousers in the process. Mashiri was later rescued by Shepherd

Magwaza, but after he had sustained a swollen face. His torn police trousers was brought to court as exhibit. Lovemore Musariyarwa represented the State.

— The Standard/NewsDay


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