Mas­ter Peyi runs over sol­dier

The Manica Post - - Front Page -

Se­nior Re­porter

MUTARE so­cialite, 52-year-old Pen­jeni Gwinyai, pop­u­larly known as Mas­ter Peyi, has had sev­eral brushes with the law and is back in the lime­light for the wrong rea­sons again.

The Sakubva-born so­cialite is un­der po­lice guard at Vic­to­ria Chitepo Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal in Mutare af­ter de­lib­er­ately hitting a pa­tron with his ve­hi­cle last Fri­day night.

Gwinyai was re­manded from his hos­pi­tal bed on Mon­day fol­low­ing his ar­rest over the week­end on at­tempted mur­der charges.

The charges stem from a pub­lic brawl which hap­pened at a pop­u­lar Dangamvura night spot.

The Man­ica Post un­der­stands that fol­low­ing a mis­un­der­stand­ing, Gwinyai hit the pa­tron with his ve­hi­cle.

The pa­tron, Kudzai Nedziwe, is an of­fi­cer within the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army.

He was left un­con­scious af­ter the hit-an­drun in­ci­dent and is bat­tling for his life at the

run 3 Field Hos­pi­tal.

Nedziwe was first rushed to Vic­to­ria Chitepo Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the army-run health fa­cil­ity.

Gwinyai was also in­jured dur­ing the fra­cas. He was ar­rested and briefly de­tained at Dangamvura Po­lice Sta­tion, be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Vic­to­ria Chitepo Hos­pi­tal af­ter his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated while in the hold­ing cells. Dur­ing the Mon­day hos­pi­tal court ses­sion, Gwinyai was charged with at­tempted mur­der as de­fined in Sec­tion 189(1) as read with Sec­tion 47(1) of the Criminal Law (Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form) Act, Chap­ter 9:23. Mutare mag­is­trate, Ms Nyasha Ku­ture, presided over the case while Mrs Tawananyas­ha Mu­uya pros­e­cuted. Gwinyai was not asked to plead and Ms Ku­ture re­manded him in cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 26 for rou­tine re­mand.

Mrs Mu­uya op­posed bail on the grounds that the ac­cused per­son is vi­o­lent.

She stated that the State was in pos­ses­sion of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in which Gwinyai was found guilty of vi­o­lence-re­lated crimes.

He was ad­vised to ap­ply for bail at the High Court. Mrs Mu­uya said Nedziwe sus­tained life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

“The ac­cused per­son as­saulted the com­plainant with fists af­ter the com­plainant had tried to re­strain him from as­sault­ing an­other pa­tron at the bottle store. Af­ter the al­ter­ca­tion, the com­plainant left the bottle store for his house, but the ac­cused per­son got into his ve­hi­cle and drove af­ter him at high speed.“He hit Nedziwe from be­hind. Nedziwe was thrown into the air be­fore land­ing some few me­tres from the point of im­pact. The com­plainant passed out and is ad­mit­ted at 3 Field Hos­pi­tal, where his con­di­tion is crit­i­cal,” said Mrs Mu­uya.

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