Suspended Zanu PF Manicaland provincial vice-chairperson Dorothy Mabika has sensationally alleged the party’s national secretary for administration and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Didymus Mutasa, is nailing her because she turned down his sexual advances.
Report by Clayton Masekesa
This emerged yesterday at the Mutare magistrate’s court during the ongoing trial of Mabika who is facing stock theft charges and defeating or obstructing the course of justice.
In the state’s case led by public prosecutor Christine Nyamaropa, it is alleged that on September 7 2011 at her Shiriyakangwara Farm in Chipinge, Mabika received and took into her possession six dairy calves on behalf of Zanu PF from Dawid Hercules Joubert, which she unlawfully and with intention to steal converted to her own use.
The cows were donated by Joubert towards a Zanu PF inter-district conference. On the second count, Mabika is accused of defeating or obstructing the course of justice where she is alleged to have altered documents to conceal a crime of stocktheft. Mabika is out on US$150 bail.
While cross-examining Mutasa, Mabika’s lawyer, Tinofara Hove of TK Hove & Associates said Mutasa was persecuting Mabika because she had turned down his advances.
Mabika told her lawyer that Mutasa at one time said to her: “Mbizi nenyati dzinofura pamwe chete, asi mbizi ikasafura pamwe chete nenyati, nyati inotunga mbizi. (A zebra and a buffalo can graze together, but if the zebra refuses to graze with the buffalo, the buffalo will gore the zebra.)”
Apparently, Mutasa’s totem is the buffalo while Mabika’s is a zebra. In response Mutasa said: “I do not remember saying that. I never made some sexual advances towards her. It is only through the imagination of the lawyer. She is my friend in the party and I worked with her.
If she thinks that my friendship to her meant I love her, then let it be.”
Mutasa is maintaining that Mabika has a case to answer, saying she was supposed to declare to the party headquarters that she had the six dairy cows.
“As the party’s national secretary for administration and the presidium we were supposed to be informed that there are such calves, but she never did that. This means that she stole the calves,” said Mutasa.
“She did not follow the party’s procedure. The calves belonged to Zanu PF and she was supposed to hand them over to the party but she did not do so. The police did their job and made some investigations. The fact that she is in the dock means that she has a case to answer.”
Mabika argues that she informed the provincial executive of the calves and there was no need to inform the party headquarters.
Mutare Magistrate Sekai Chiwundura presided over the matter and the trial continues today with more witnesses expected to testify.