THREE Lupane war veterans accused of kidnapping and assaulting MDC MP, David Mpala, who later died of injuries sustained during the attack in 2003, were recently sentenced to four years in jail
War veterans Seith Themba Jubane, Nicholas Minenhle Ncube and Patrick Ndlovu were part of a group of six who kidnapped and assaulted the former Lupane MP in 2003.
Two other accused, Raymond Gumbo and Boyana Ndlovu, have since died while Ndaba Mpofu was acquitted of all charges.
Lupane magistrate, Sikhumbuzo Nyathi, sentenced the war veteran trio to two years each in prison for the assault charges and another two years each on the kidnapping charges.
The three were however not jailed for the third offence relating to the theft of $15 000 that was in Mpala’s vehicle when he was attacked.
The state prosecutor, Sanders Sibanda, told the court that war veterans were at a meeting at Lupane business centre when they were alerted that there was an MDC vehicle around.
The group is alleged to have seized Mpala and dragged him to a bush behind the business centre where they assaulted him and stabbed him until he lost consciousness, leaving him for dead.
Mpala was hospitalised and never fully recovered and later died of injuries that he sustained during the attack.
It is alleged that after the attack the group drove off with Mpala’s vehicle. Police in Tsholotsho discovered Mpala’s vehicle in the possession of the accused the following day.
Recently Zanu PF thugs in Mbare and Umguza attacked MDC MPs Edward Mkhosi and Gift Chimanikire but the perpetrators have not yet been brought to book.