Wadya­jena opts for trial in in­sult case

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube

ZANU-PF leg­is­la­tor for Gok­weNem­budziya Cde Jus­tice Mayor Wadya­jena, ac­cused of in­sult­ing some party mem­bers, has aban­doned his ap­pli­ca­tion to the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, opt­ing to stand trial.

Through his lawyer Give­more Mu­vhiringi, Cde Wad­ja­jena (35) made an ap­pli­ca­tion to have his case re­ferred to the Con­Court on the grounds that the in­sult charges had been ruled un­con­sti­tu­tional by the su­pe­rior court.

The MP is al­leged to have in­sulted two peo­ple; En­ergy and Power De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Sa­muel Un­denge’s wife, Cde Letina Mu­nam­ato Un­denge, and Zanu-PF mem­ber from Mashona­land West Cde Ji­mayi Mudu­vuri.

How­ever, the youth­ful leg­is­la­tor will now stand trial on De­cem­ber 12 for one count only af­ter the state yes­ter­day dropped charges pressed by Cde Mudu­vuri who, in ab­sen­tia, ten­dered a with­drawal af­fi­davit which was pre­sented in court.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore Vic­to­ria Falls mag­is­trate Ms Lindiwe Maphosa yes­ter­day, Cde Wadya­jena, speak­ing through his lawyer, said he de­cided to drop the chal­lenge to the Con­Court so the mat­ter can go for trial and be brought to fi­nal­ity as it was pre­vent­ing him from dis­charg­ing his du­ties as an MP.

“As de­fence we have since with­drawn the Con­Court chal­lenge and now wish to pro­ceed to trial. We want to fi­nalise this case be­cause it’s been hang­ing on the ac­cused thereby im­ped­ing him from dis­charg­ing his na­tional duty as he has to keep trav­el­ling to at­tend court,” said Mr Mu­vhiringi.

For the State, Mr Takunda Ndovorwi ten­dered a with­drawal af­fi­davit by Cde Mudu­vuri.

“The State is with­draw­ing count one based on the with­drawal af­fi­davit by the com­plainant and we are pro­ceed­ing to trial in re­spect of the sec­ond count,” he said.

In the af­fi­davit, Cde Mudu­vuri said his de­ci­sion was in the best in­ter­ests of the na­tion and unity in the party, Zanu-PF.

He said he and Cde Wadya­jena are mem­bers of the same rul­ing party and hail from the same ru­ral vil­lage hence the need for them to unite than to drag each other to court over petty is­sues. The Con­sti­tu­tional Court was sup­posed to de­cide whether or not Wadya­jena will go on trial for crim­i­nal in­sult charges. The crimes were both al­legedly com­mit­ted last De­cem­ber dur­ing ZanuPF’s 15th An­nual Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence in Vic­to­ria Falls. Cde Wadya­jena is out on $800 bail and re­ports to the po­lice once on the last Mon­day of ev­ery month. He can also ap­ply for the re­lease of his pass­port which he can have when­ever he in­tends to travel on Par­lia­ment busi­ness af­ter the court re­laxed ini­tial bail con­di­tions.

Al­le­ga­tions against Cde Wadya­jena were that on De­cem­ber 11 last year, he saw Cde Mudu­vuri trav­el­ling to Ele­phant Hills Ho­tel along Park Way road in his Mercedes Benz ML320 which had pic­tures of the First Lady Cde Grace Mu­gabe with the words “Munhu wese kuna Amai” (Ev­ery­one should rally be­hind the First Lady) in­scribed be­low the images.

Cde Wadya­jena, who was stand­ing be­side his car, is al­leged to have shouted: “Iwe Ji­mayi uri mboko . . . Unon­goti munhu wese kuna Amai sei. Get away,” loosely trans­lated, “Ji­mayi you’re an id­iot, why do you say ev­ery­one should rally be­hind the First Lady? Get away.”

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege that on the fol­low­ing day while at Ele­phant Hills Re­sort re­cep­tion area, he al­legedly in­sulted Cde Un­denge.

He is al­leged to have said: “F**k you, you’re an id­iot ndi­nokukiya (I will deal with you). . .”

Some words al­legedly ut­tered by Cde Wadya­jena are un­print­able.— @ncubeleon

Cde Jus­tice Mayor Wadya­jena

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