Clara Panganayi (62) of Unit H, Lucia Ruya (37) and Amos Kaliati (43) appeared in court facing charges of public violence after they allegedly stormed Zanu-PF Councillor Betty Jason’s house in Chitungwiza and smashed her car’s windscreen after a heated argument over voter registration.
The trio was not asked to plead when they appeared before Chitungwiza resident magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo who remanded Kaliati, who was injured during the skirmishes, on his hospital bed at Chitungwiza Central Hospital, while Panganayi and Ruya were remanded in custody to today. MDC-T senior officials Douglas Mwonzora and Job Sikhala are representing Panganayi and Ruya.
The court heard that on 22 October this year, the trio went to Jason’s house in Unit N where they had an argument over voter registration. The argument allegedly escalated, resulting in the trio throwing stones which smashed the windscreen of Jason’s Toyota Corolla. The trio allegedly destroyed part of the pre-cast wall after failing to gain entry through the main gate and proceeded into the main house where they assaulted Jason and some of her guests. They also smashed the house’s windows, before escaping.