25 May 2012

Zimbabwe: Mahendere Up for Assault

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Gospel musician Amos Mahendere

Gospel musician Amos Mahendere who allegedly assaulted a kombi driver over volume of a radio in the bus they were travelling in, appeared in court yesterday. Mahendere (36) is being charged with Washington Tapfumaneyi (27) of Unit G and Moses Chonse (26) of Unit N, Chitungwiza.

They denied the assault charges before Chitungwiza magistrate Mr Toindepi Zhou.

They were remanded to June 11 on US$20 bail each.

Mahendere is facing two counts of assault and another for unlawfully pointing a gun at his victim Ignatius Nyika (30) of Unit N, Chitungwiza.

He is alleged to have used the butt of the gun to assault Nyika.

Prosecutor Ms Tafadzwa Makwande told the court that on May 13 this year, at around 11am, in Unit G Extension, Chonse and Tapfumaneyi boarded Nyika's kombi.

A misunderstanding with the conductor arose over the volume of the radio.

The two disembarked from the bus together with the conductor.

They exchanged harsh words prompting Nyika to disembark from the bus to restrain his conductor.

It is further alleged that when Chonse and Tapfumaneyi saw Nyika coming they thought he intended to fight them.

Instead, they pushed the conductor aside and charged towards him.

Tapfumaneyi is alleged to have got hold of Nyika's hands with Chonse punching Nyika in the face.

Suddenly, Mahendere arrived at the scene armed with a pistol. Without lawful cause, he withdrew his pistol and pointed it on Nyika's chest before hitting him with the gun's butt three times on the face.

The court heard that, after the assault Mahendere dragged Nyika into his bus and removed the keys from the ignition and punched him in the face.

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