ZIMBABWE – A Chiredzi-based army captain pointed a fire arm at two Zanu PF officials during party elections, accusing them of incorporating pro-Joice Mujuru people into the ward structures, a local court heard last week.
Captain Faster Gono, 55, appeared before Masvingo magistrate Langton Ndokera facing charges of contravening section 27 of the fire arms act which prohibits the pointing of a gun at any person.
He denied the charge and was remanded out of custody to 26 January for further trial.
Prosecutor Shamiso Masokovere told the court that on October 24 last year, Willford Shava the chairperson of Zanu PF ward 18 in Triangle, together with the ward secretary for indigenisation, were conducting elections at Kamba primary school.
Court heard that the ward secretary for indigenisation Mirriam Dhanda was announcing the winners when Gono charged to the podium and started accusing the ward leadership of favouring pro-Mujuru people. Gono reportedly produced his pistol and pointed it at Shava and his colleague, threatening to shoot the duo.
Court heard that the gathering then dispersed and a police report was made leading to the arrest of Gono.
Former vice president Mujuru was fired from both government and Zanu PF on allegations of plotting to topple president Mugabe. Since her dismissal, many party members have beem accused of sympathisng with her although she has never been charged for her alleged crime.