A man employed by the Zaka Rural District Council was fined $130 for discharging an unlicensed firearm by Gutu magistrate Victor Mohamadi.
Abel Chivasa, who is the chief engineer with Zaka RDC pleaded guilty to the charges when he was arraigned before the courts.
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Chivasa was reportedly driving his private vehicle, a Toyota Mark 2, on his way from Harare to Zaka when he stopped at Mpandawana growth point in Gutu to pick up some passengers.
Chivasa’s car was immediately surrounded by touts who demanded “rank fees” from him. The touts are said to have blocked his path so that he could not drive away. This prompted the angry Chivasa to withdraw his pistol and fire three shots into the air.
The terrified touts scampered away for safety. A soldier who witnessed the incident reported the matter to the police. Chivasa was arrested and the court found out that he had no valid certificate for the lethal weapon as it had expired February 1 this year.
Gutu is a district in Masvingo Province. Read More About Gutu