ENVIRONMENT and Tourism deputy minister Andrew Langa has filed a report with the police against Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) minister Sithembiso Nyoni following a telephone spat in which insults and threats were uttered.
he two ministers exchanged harsh words over the phone last week after Nyoni took exception to statements allegedly uttered by Langa at a public meeting where he allegedly accused her of being involved in stock theft.
During the telephone conversation, Nyoni allegedly threatened Langa who then made a report to the police.
Police in Insiza have since opened a docket against Nyoni and the matter is expected to go to court soon.
What has remained a mystery are the actual threats that Nyoni made against Langa.
Police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena confirmed that a docket had been opened on the matter but could not be drawn to reveal what the actual threats made on Langa were.
“We received a complaint from Langa and we have since opened a docket on the matter but I will not reveal what the alleged threats were. Maybe the complainant could give you more details,” Bvudzijena said.
He said the matter was expected to go to court soon.
Langa when contacted refused to shed light on the nature of the threats but invited the Zimbabwe Independent to attend the Gwanda courts to get the actual threats uttered by Nyoni when the case goes for a hearing.
“Threats were made against me and the matter was reported to the police and it will go to court soon,” said Langa. “I shall not say anything on the matter now. Maybe you can wait for the matter to go to court so that you know the actual threats made.”
Nyoni could not be contacted as her mobile phone was out of reach most of the time.
Nyoni was allegedly miffed by Langa’s statements made at a meeting he held with farmers in Fort Rixon last Saturday to discuss increasing cases of stock theft in the area. At the meeting the farmers explored ways of reducing stock theft cases in the area, which is near Nyoni’s property, Fountain Farm.
During the meeting Langa told the farmers that senior politicians in the area were behind the stock theft but did not mention any names.
It is alleged that Nyoni later called Langa seeking clarification on statements made at the meeting. It was during that telephone conversation that threats were allegedly made against Langa. — Staff Writer.