‘Mberengwa councillor on a spree, burning properties’

Sharon Nyaya

Mberengwa – ZANU PF councilor for Ward 36 Neta, Mberengwa Trevors Mlambo (51) has appeared in court facing several charges of theft, assault and malicious damage to property.

Mlambo is accused of mobilising some youth whom he then allegedly went around with committing the crimes.

Mlambo who appeared before Mberengwa Magistrate Evia Matura on January 5, 2020 is being represented by Tinamate Midzi from Midzi and Tafa Law Chambers. They were remanded to February 9, 2021.

Five different people have come forward to lay charges against Mlambo.

His co-accused are Zivanai Hamandishe (55), Morrison Zivanai (53), Shelton Moyo (28), Tinodaishe Shoko (28), John Zuvarigere (47), Norman Zvotiona (34), Tichaona Wabatagore (37), Elijah Ndava (26), and Ralph Black (39).

The five complainants in the case are Leonard Shumba of Budy Mine, Nobuhle Moyo, Beauty Moyo, Stanford Moyo and Rejoice Sibanda of Hamandishe Village, chief Bvute, Mberengwa.

It is the State case that on December 28, 2020 at around 12pm Sibanda was at home when Mlambo and the gang suddenly arrived carrying knobkerries and axes. They asked for her husband Sibanengi Moyo who was not there and told her that he was a thief. They accused Moyo of stealing goods from a certain shop at Beauty Business Centre. They demanded that she pay for the stolen and when she failed they allegedly assaulted her and left after threatening to come back and burn down the houses.

At around 6pm Beauty Moyo received information that her brother’s mine (Budy Mine) had been set on fire by the accused. She left home and headed for the mine and on the way she met the accused who surrounded her and allegedly assaulted her. The gang allegedly took away her itel cellphone which had a US$50-00 note on the back cover by force and went away.

The gang also allegedly set all plastic tents and clothes at Budy Mine on fire and damaged some mining equipment. This incident was witnessed by Leonard Shumba, a security guard at the mine and the damaged property is valued at US$1 810.

The gang is also accused of destroying a one roomed bedroom and a tent belonging to Nobuhle Moyo.

They also allegedly destroyed Stanford Moyo’s two round huts and one roomed bedroom by setting them on fire. Property worthy US$3 731-00 was lost.

Faith Mwale represented the State. http://masvingoirror.com

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