Masekesa assault trial kicks off
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.