Fungai Lupande Court Reporter
Zimbabwe Stock Exchange chief executive Alban Dhladhla Chirume yesterday appeared in court facing domestic abuse charges. Chirume (52) of No. 41 Harare Drive, Borrowdale, Harare, appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Arnold Maburo. He was remanded to Monday for trial on free bail. He is accused of contravening the Domestic Abuse Act and was represented by Ms Beatrice Mtetwa.
Prosecutor Mr Oscar Madhume alleged that Chirume removed his wife’s property from No. 41 Harare Drive to No.52 Borrowdale Road without her knowledge and approval. The wife, Susan Mutangadura (46), learnt that her property was removed on Sunday after her domestic worker called her.
She drove to No. 41 Harare Drive and found the gate locked. A security guard at the premises told Mutangadura that Chirume had instructed him not to allow her into the premises. The guard sought Chirume’s advice, gbut he was not forthcoming. The court heard that Mutangadura climbed the precast wall to get into the house.
While she was scaling the wall Chirume came running out of the house and held Mutangadura by the legs.. A scuffle ensued as Mutangadura tried to free herself. She was bruised on both hands.
She started screaming, alerting neighbours who tried to counsel the couple. DEspite the neighbours’ intervention, Chirume insisted that Mutangadura leave the house. Mutangadura reported the matter to the police leading to Chirume’s arrest.