ZNA of­fi­cial shot in love tri­an­gle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Reporter

A SE­NIOR Zim­babwe Na­tional Army of­fi­cial sus­tained a wound on his thigh af­ter he was shot dur­ing an ar­gu­ment in a love tri­an­gle.

Dal­ton Mu­leya (49) head of the re­cruit­ing de­pot at Im­bizo Bar­racks, Bu­l­awayo, told a court he felt jus­tice was not tak­ing its course fol­low­ing his in­jury.

Takesure Mbano (38), Mu­leya’s love ri­val pleaded not guilty to an at­tempted mur­der charge.

Bu­l­awayo Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Chrispen Mberewere re­manded Mbano out of cus­tody to Septem­ber 22.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa told the court the shoot­ing oc­curred on Au­gust 9, 2009 at Sarah Chauke’s home­stead at Juta Vil­lage un­der Chief Si­taudze in Beit­bridge.

“The two had a con­fronta­tion af­ter they dis­cov­ered that they were both in a re­la­tion­ship with Chauke. Dur­ing the quar­rel ac­cused pro­duced a pis­tol and fired three shots. One of the shots hit the com­plainant on the thigh,” said Mr Manyiwa.

Mbano’s lawyer, Rumbidzai Venge of Mam­bosasa le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers, said Mu­leya fired two shots in the air af­ter shout­ing at Mbano telling him he wanted to shoot him.

“Ac­cused was with Chauke at Lu­mumba where they were watch­ing soc­cer. He no­ticed com­plainant from the crowd as he was drink­ing heav­ily and danc­ing. Af­ter the match he drove off with Chauke but com­plainant fol­lowed them for about 8km,” said Miss Venge.

“Ac­cused dis­em­barked from his ve­hi­cle to ask com­plainant why he was fol­low­ing them but as he ap­proached, com­plainant got out of his car armed with a pis­tol shout­ing that he would shoot the ac­cused. He fired two shots in the air then pointed at the ac­cused’s chest.”

Miss Venge said Mu­leya pan­icked as Chauke’s neigh­bours rushed out to wit­ness the chaos. She said Mbano seized the op­por­tu­nity and dis­armed Mu­leya then drew his li­censed gun and shot him on the thigh. Mu­leya dis­puted the de­fence’s claims. He said he had no firearm on him and Mbano had at­tempted to kill him.

“From my train­ing you only shoot to kill there is noth­ing like shoot­ing for de­fence. If I had a gun on that day I would be the one stand­ing in the ac­cused dock right now. Be­sides, I have to be in­ca­pac­i­tated for one to dis­arm me,” said Mu­leya.

Miss Venge said it was fea­si­ble that Mu­leya was in­ca­pac­i­tated be­cause of the al­co­hol he had con­sumed, hence Mbano was able to dis­arm him. — @tan­nytkay

Dal­ton Mu­leya

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