Prosper Dembedza Court Correspondent
Zengeza East Member of Parliament Alex Leon Musundire (MDC-T) yesterday made an application for discharge at the close of the State’s case, arguing that it had failed to prove a case against him.
Musundire (43) is facing charges of assaulting a 61-year-old man for unclear reasons. He is out on $50 bail.
magistrate Ms Vongai Muchuchuti deferred the matter to March 22. The legislator, in his defence outline, denied the charge, saying he only arrived at the scene of the incident around 6pm and had no idea of who perpetrated the said assault.
“Accused will state that he is being maliciously smeared since he is an MP on an MDC ticket and the issue is politically motivated to frustrate deliverance of his duties,” reads part of his defence outline.
He further stated that the incident occurred at a house where Amos Kafere had been ordered off by the Chitungwiza Magistrates’ Court, and he was clearly violating a lawful court order and courting the ire of the residents.
Prosecutor Ms Anesu Matorofa alleged that on February 14 last year at around 4pm, Musundire, in the company of 20 other people, went to Kafere’s house in Chitungwiza.
It is alleged that upon arrival, Musundire attacked Kafere using a golf club. The court heard that Musundire struck Kafere once on the neck and he fell to the ground.
Allegations are that as Kafere tried to get up, Musundire hit him on the forehead using the same golf club.
Kafere reported the matter to the police, leading to Musundire’s arrest.