An artisanal miner, Nqobizitha Moyo (29) of Douglasdale in Bulawayo was arrested and has been sentenced to three years in prison for kidnapping and assaulting Rangarirai Chinyota Nyoni (35) the brother of his partner.
The state alleges that Moyo kidnapped and assaulted Nyoni to force Nyoni’s younger brother, Innocent Mapuranga to meet and resolve a gold dispute.
The state further claims that on September 10, 2019, at around 11 pm, Moyo visited Nyoni’s house armed with a knife intending to settle a dispute with Mapuranga but he found his brother at home and kidnapped him.
Moyo reportedly assaulted Nyoni and released him after he promised to give him money the following day.
Moyo pleaded guilty when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mafios Moyo on Monday. The magistrate sentenced him to five years in jail but conditionally suspended two years.