Mutasa men’s murder trial slated for July

Clemence Manyukwe



ZANU PF Makoni North chairman Albert Nyakuedzwa and eight other Zanu PF supporters from Rusape are expected to stand trial next month for the August 20

05 murder of war veteran Tina Wilson Mukono.


The trial is expected to kick off on July 17 at the High Court.


Nyakuedzwa, largely viewed as administration secretary Didymus Mutasa’s right hand man in his Makoni North constituency, is currently serving a three-jail year term for assaults on another war veteran, James Kaunye.


Fifteen other ruling party supporters from the same area are serving similar sentences.


Kaunye was assaulted for intending to challenge Mutasa, who is National Security, Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement minister during Zanu PF primary elections for Makoni North constituency in 2004.


The minister, who was not charged, was said to have led the attacks together with Nyakuedzwa.


Nyakuedzwa was a Grain Marketing Board regional manager and part of Agriculture minister Joseph Made’s campaign team in the 2005 general election. Made won the polls amid allegations of violence and vote-buying using grain.


According to the state case the deceased was assaulted after buying electric cables stolen from one of the accused persons’ farms.


In his testimony, George Mukono who actually stole and sold the electric cables but turned a state witness said: “The accused were driving a white vehicle belonging to Zanu PF Makoni province when they found the deceased. The accused started assaulting Mukono all over the body using hose pipes and a tyre strip”.


They later handed him over to the police and Mukono died while being taken to the hospital.


The cause of Mukono’s death, who was declared a provincial hero, was established as a ruptured spleen and multiple inquiries.


The other accused Zanu PF members include Tonderai Makoni, Delta Mandibaya and Maruva Kurima.


Nyakuedzwa and the ruling party’s supporters face the death penalty if convicted of the murder that the state says was carried out with intent.