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Chinamasa quizzed over brawl

Itai Dzamara

PARLIAMENTARY Affairs minister Patrick Chinamasa on Tuesday this week appeared before a special committee set up to probe the recent scuffle in the House of Assembly.

ana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The May 18 brawl involved MDC MP for Chimanimani Roy Bennett, Chinamasa and Anti-Corruption minister Didymus Mutasa.

Chinamasa confirmed that he appeared before the special committee on Tuesday. Bennett and Mutasa appeared before the same committee last week.

A member of the committee yesterday said they had gathered evidence from all three legislators and a ruling should be out before month-end.

“We have gathered evidence from the three MPs and the committee is now deliberating on the matter. The verdict should be out by 31 July,” the committee member said.

The committee, headed by Labour minister Paul Mangwana, was set up after Bennett floored Chinamasa and Mutasa during a debate on an adverse report on the Stock Theft Bill.

Chinamasa alleged Bennett’s forefathers were thieves and murderers and that the Chimanimani MP should forget about his Charleswood Farm, which was seized by the government.

Bennett reacted angrily and charged at Chinamasa before he floored him. Mutasa intervened and kicked Bennett from behind. Mutasa later told the Voice of America “I kicked him very hard” in defence of Chinamasa.

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