Masekesa as­sault trial kicks off

The Manica Post - - Local News - Post Re­porter

THE trial of six law en­force­ment agents who al­legedly teamed up to as­sault and kid­nap a free­lance jour­nal­ist — Clayton Masekesa — over adul­tery al­le­ga­tions kicks off next week nearly five months af­ter the dis­turb­ing in­ci­dent was recorded and posted on so­cial me­dia.

Masekesa sus­tained some in­juries fol­low­ing the al­leged at­tack that oc­curred at House Hum­ber 27 Robert Mu­gabe Road, Hospi­tal Hill where he had gone to see a girlfriend. The woman at the cen­tre of the saga — Me­landa Konde — is al­legedly a girlfriend to one of the mu­nic­i­pal po­lice of­fi­cers who re­port­edly teamed up with his ac­com­plices to bash the jour­nal­ist af­ter he found him at his house with his lover.

Saul Tomu (53), Pene­lock Ma­jonhi (41), Ever­son Mark Marozva (33), Hope Mwaipa (33) Joachim Run­yanga (35) and John Takaen­desa (42) are fac­ing as­sault and kid­nap­ping or un­law­ful de­ten­tion charges as de­fined in Sec­tion 93 (1) (b) (ii) of the Crim­i­nal Law (Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form) Act Chap­ter 9:23. Mwaipa and Run­yanga are sol­diers while Ma­joni and Marozva are traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers. Tomu and Takaen­desa are Mutare mu­nic­i­pal cops.

Al­le­ga­tions were that the com­plainant, Masekesa went to Tomu’s res­i­dence at 27 Robert Mu­gabe Road, Hospi­tal Hill, Mutare to meet Tomu’s girlfriend Konde who had asked him to visit her.

While at the house, Mwaipa and Run­yanga asked Masekesa what he was do­ing at Tomu’s house in the lat­ter’s ab­sence.

They then hand­cuffed Masekesa while Takaen­desa video recorded the pro­ceed­ings us­ing his cell phone and used a ba­ton stick and open hands to as­sault Masekesa all over the body sev­eral times.

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