Tendai Gukutikwa Post Correspondent
A COMMUTER omnibus driver and his conductor who allegedly kidnapped a passenger have been remanded in custody and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
Prince Mhlanga (24) and Elvis Muveyo (23) were not asked to plead to kidnapping or unlawful detention charges when they appeared before Mutare magistrate Ms Perseverance Makala.
The pair is being charged for contravening Section 93 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
Mr John Tarisai Munyurwa prosecuted.
Allegations were that the suspects kidnapped Jericho Matambo when they blocked him from disembarking from their commuter omnibus.
“At around 8am on the day in question, and in a commuter omnibus with registration number ADZ 3988 that was travelling from Chikanga to the Central Business District, a misunderstanding arose between Muveyo who is a conductor in the omnibus and Matambo.
This was after Matambo was taking all bond notes that were being paid by other passengers as bus fare and in-turn handed over 10 cents bond coins to the conductor. He kept the bond notes for himself.
“This did not go down well with Muveyo who then partnered with Mhlanga who was driving the kombi to block Matambo from getting off the vehicle.
The complainant wanted to disembark at Chikanga Rank in the city but the suspects drove back with him to Chikanga and dropped him there,” said Mr Munyurwa.
The pair was remanded in custody to August 15 for routine remand. Ms Makala advised them to apply for bail at the High Court citing the seriousness of the offence.