Chipo Katsidzira Post Correspondent
AN MDC-Alliance supporter from Mutasa, who was arrested on allegations of torching a kitchen hut belonging to a Zanu-PF supporter, has been remanded in custody.
The suspect, Oswell Chitere (35), of Kagweda village under Chief Mutasa, appeared before Mutare provincial magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe on Tuesday facing charges of malicious damage to property as defined in Section 186 and Section 140 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
He is expected in court next week.
The incident believed to be politically motivated.
Prosecutor Mr Fletcher Karombe told the court that on August 4, 2018, Chitere allegedly set on fire a round kitchen hut belonging to Mr Raviro Kagweda (56) following a misunderstanding with his daughter Linnet over MDC-Alliance leader Advocate Nelson Chamisa’s video clips.
“On August 2, 2018 at around 6:30am, Mr Kagweda’s daughter Linnet (22), who is a ZANU-PF supporter went to Watsomba Business Centre, where the accused person approached her with the intention of showing her some videos of Adv Nelson Chamisa from his mobile phone. Linnet refused to entertain him, and this did not go down well with Chitere,” said Mr Karombe.
Chitere was angered by Linnet’s response and allegedly told her that MDC-Alliance supporters in the area had a list 26 Zanu PF supporters whose houses should be torched.
The following day, Mr Kagweda locked his grass thatched hut before retiring to bed.
He woke up at around midnight when one of the huts was already on fire.
When he rushed out to investigate, he discovered his kitchen hut burning and summoned some neighbours to help douse the fire.
They failed to put out the fire as roof of the hut collapsed inwards and most of the property that was inside had been reduced to ashes.
Mr Karombe said valuables incinerated in the inferno include 4x90kg and 5x50kg bags of maize, a sofa, four hens, 10 chicks and an assortment of kitchen utensils.
The damaged valuables had an estimated value of $536, 50 and only metal kitchen utensils valued at $42 were retrieved.