Harare,– A Zimbabwean court has dismissed an application filed by an opposition party youth leader seeking a peace order against Renewal Democrats Zimbabwe leader Elton Mangoma who allegedly snatched his wife.
Believe Tevera, an MDC Renewal Team provincial youth leader recently petitioned the Harare Civil Court seeking a peace order against Mangoma seeking an order compelling the former Energy and Power Development Minister to keep peace, and not to verbally, emotionally or physically attack the youth leader.
Tevera charged that Mangoma instructed his loyalists to assault him when he visited the MDC Renewal Team offices in Harare’s Eastlea suburb in a bid to petition the opposition party to launch an inquiry into the conduct of one of the opposition party leaders following allegations that he had snatched his wife Yemurai Maravanyika and was having an extra-marital affair with her.
In his application filed through his lawyer, Tawanda Takaindisa of O Machuwaire Attorneys Legal Practitioners, Tevera claimed that Mangoma’s loyalists “thoroughly bashed” him at the MDC Renewal Team’s party offices and he sustained injuries from the unprovoked assault.
But in his defence, Mangoma denied having an extra-marital affair with Tevera’s wife and denied authoring his marital woes.
Mangoma, through a notice of opposition filed by his lawyer Trust Maanda of Maunga Maanda and Associates Legal Practitioners charged that the allegations of him having extra-marital affair with Tevera’s wife were meant to achieve cheap political capital.
The former Energy and Power Development Minister claimed that by filing an application seeking a peace order against Mangoma, Tevera had sought a political solution to his private affairs by petitioning the leadership of the MDC Renewal Team which he once belonged to before quitting the party last month to form a new political party outfit, the Renewal Democrats Zimbabwe.
Instead, Mangoma claims, he sustained injuries on his head and had his wounds dressed and bandaged at a private medical centre in Harare
“I am the injured party,” reads party of Mangoma’s response to Tevera’s application.
The former MDC-T deputy treasurer-general charged that the allegations leveled against him by Tevera were “a smokescreen for a sinister agenda”
On Tuesday, Magistrate Audrey Tarugarira, who heard the matter dismissed Tevera’s application after ruling that Mangoma is the one who actually sustained injuries from the assault by Tevera after he attacked him when he found his way into a meeting in which the opposition party was addressing.
Mangoma torched a storm last year when he led a revolt against MDC-T party leader Morgan Tsvangirai whom he accused of committing several misdemeanors unfit of a political party leader. After Mangoma’s departure from the MDC-T, he was later followed by the party’s secretary-general Tendai Biti, a long time lieutenant of Tsvangirai and other party leaders who formed a breakaway party, the MDC Renewal
Team. However, the MDC Renewal Team party recently split with Mangoma
accusing Biti and his backers of soiling his name to block his bid for
the leadership of the party. – Radio VOP