WASHINGTON DC —
Harare magistrate, Milton Serima, on Monday acquitted and discharged all nine youths accused of assaulting MDC-T Renewal Team member, Elton Mangoma, outside Harvest House in Harare in February this year.
In his judgement, the magistrate found that the video recorded before, during and after the assault clearly exonerated Denford Ngadziore, Francis Machimbidzofa, Enock Mukudu, Samson Nerwande, Stefani Jahwi, Paul Gorekore, Shakespear Mukoyi, James Chidhakwa and Rhino Mashaya.
The magistrate urged the police to arrest the three individuals captured in the video assaulting Mangoma.
Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said they are elated by the ruling, adding that this ruling will also prove that his party is not a violent organization.
He said his clients now want to be compensated for the wrongful arrest.
Spokesman Jacob Mafume for the Renewal Team said they accept the ruling and will push for the arrest of the youths identified in the video.
He said they also want to have the video inspected by experts to ascertain whether it was not tempered with before it was brought to court.
Meanwhile, a Gweru magistrate on Monday granted bail to Budiriro national assembly member and MDC-T youth assembly vice chairman, Costa Machingauta, who was arrested last Friday on charges of allegedly raping a Midlands State University student.
Magistrate Judith Taruvinga granted Machingauta a $100.00 bail. He was being held at Hwahwa Prison just outside Gweru.
Machingauta was ordered to remain at his Budiriro residence and to report twice weekly to Harare Central Police Station until the case is heard in court.