4 Zanu PF supporters in Makoni have been arrested on allegations of kidnapping an MDC-T supporter before dumping him in a drain.
Lovemore Mutanhaurwa (30), Benedict Kondongwe, (49) Jephita Matanda (44) and Farai Matsika (23), who are being represented by Munyaradzi Manyengavana of Chiwaza Partners, were not asked to plead when they appeared before Rusape magistrate, Patience Ururu Madondo yesterday facing kidnapping charges.
They were remanded out of custody to Monday on $50 bail each.
It is the State’s case that on June 18 this year, around 10pm, the quartet arrived at Chiduku Business centre, where the complainant, Stewart Chandimhara (46) was drinking at a bottle store and they introduced themselves as Zanu PF officials, who were on duty.
An hour later, the bar lady asked all patrons to leave, as she was closing the bottle store. Chandimhara went out and as he passed where the accused persons were standing, Kondongwe, Matanda and Matsika grabbed and handcuffed him.
The accused allegedly placed the complainant into Matanda’s car boot. Matanda is employed as a youth officer in the youth ministry. They drove for almost 5 kilometres towards Rusape.