Sheillah Mapani Herald Reporter
The MDC-T activist who allegedly stoned a Zimbabwe National Defence College bus at the intersection of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Angwa Street near the party’s Harvest House headquarters will know his fate on September 4.
The matter was postponed by Harare magistrate Ms Anne Ndiraya yesterday in the absence of her colleague, Ms Tracy Muzondi, who has been handling the case, but is now on maternity leave.
According to the State’s case, Moses Mwanjira emerged from a riotous crowd and threw a stone, hitting the bus’ windscreen.
He now faces charges of malicious damage to property. Prosecutor Ms Moleen Murozvi alleged that on June 29 this year, a Zimbabwe National Defence College bus being driven by one Corporal Mbera, was at a traffic light-controlled intersection ON Nelson Mandela Avenue and Angwa Street.
It is alleged that Mwanjira emerged from an MDC-T riotous crowd and threw a stone that hit the bus, causing cracks that spread all over the screen.
It is the State’s case that Mwanjira was positively identified by Warrant Officer Nguva Mukosi, who quickly disembarked from the bus and chased after him.
Warrant Officer Nguva apprehended Mwanjira and took him to Harare Central Police Station. Mwanjira denied any involvement in the demonstrations that took place in Harare’s CBD, specifically at the intersection of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Angwa Street.
He told the court that during the demonstrations, he was watching sports and betting at Magagame Sports Betting in another part of the city.
He said he went out of the betting house hours later, heading towards Joina City where he normally gets transport home.
“To my surprise, a man in civilian clothes suddenly grabbed me and three other police officers in anti-riot regalia ran over to the scene and started assaulting me with their sticks,” said Mwa- njira.