ZANU PF treasurer for Ward 17 in Chipinge has been arraigned before the courts for allegedly assaulting an MDC Alliance councillor over distribution of presidential inputs.
Lizzie Jumburu (48) of Kondo village under Chief Musikavanhu pleaded not guilty to assault when she appeared on Wednesday before Chipinge magistrate Joshua Nembaware, who remanded her to yesterday for trial.
In her defence, Jumburu denied ever assaulting the complainant, Ethel Taungana, councillor for ward 17 by throttling her.
“I was giving out presidential inputs when the complainant approached the headman and asked him why we were giving out inputs without her knowledge. As the treasurer of the party in the ward I was paying for the trucks that had brought the inputs,” Jumburu said.
“I feared that the complainant might take the money and the books where I was recording the transactions. In one hand I was holding the books and the other money, so how could I have throttled her?”
Prosecutor, Gift Bikita told the court that on November 8, last year, Jumburu was distributing inputs at Pfidza Business Centre in Chipinge when the complainant, Taungana approached her and tried to takeover the process stating that Jumburu should not distribute the inputs in her area of jurisdiction without her knowledge.
Jumburu allegedly told her that she had nothing to do with the inputs distribution and should move away.
She allegedly throttled the councillor in the process and a report was made to the police, leading to Jumburu’s arrest.