Chiredzi – Dr Tungamirai Vengai Rukatya (31), a prominent Chiredzi medical doctor has appeared at the local courts on allegations of kidnapping a Police officer.
Rukatya was charged with kidnapping when he appeared before Chiredzi Magistrate Geraldine Mutsoto on Friday.
Prosecutor Chiedza Muhwandavaka told the court that on October 22, 2015 Felistas Gwara a female police officer was enforcing traffic duties along Nandi Road in the company of two other cops when they arrested Phillimon Maphosa, an employee of Doctor Rukatya.
Maphosa was driving a B1800 registration number ACB 7546. The officers impounded the vehicle and Gwara got into the vehicle and instructed Maphosa to drive to Chiredzi Police Station.
Dr Rukatya who was driving a Toyota Hilux intercepted the vehicle at Croco Motors and stopped his driver in the middle of the road. He allegedly went on to switch off the vehicle and took away the keys before shouting at the Police officer.
He allegedly proceeded to his vehicle and drove away but came back after a while and instructed Maphosa to disembark from the vehicle so that he can drive the Toyota Hilux while he took charge of the B1800. Gwara instructed Rukatya to drive to the Police station but instead of doing that he drove to his farm against the instruction, will and consent of Gwara whom he allegedly held hostage for 2 hours.
Rukatya was later arrested at Maware turnoff after a Police vehicle followed him.
Through his lawyer Georgina Ndava of Mangwana and Partners, Rukatya pleaded not guilty to kidnapping,. Magistrate Mutsoto postponed the matter to November 4, 2015.news