THE trial of suspended Zanu-PF Manicaland chairman Mike Madiro and his deputy Dorothy Mabika, who face charges of stealing 10 head of cattle, resumed yesterday at the Mutare Magistrates’ Courts with more State witnesses testifying.
Mabika, who is facing two separate counts of stock theft involving six calves and obstruction of justice allegations, was the first in the dock in the morning.
She appeared again with Madiro in the afternoon in the joint case involving the ten 21st February Movement cattle.
In the first case, the three State witnesses — two provincial Zanu-PF executive members and a chairman of the defunct District Co-ordination Committee — testified against Mabika saying she stole the six calves in question.
The six dairy calves had been donated by a Chipinge farmer, Mr David Jacob Jourbert to Zanu-PF.
First to testify was Michael Kadzura, the former chairman of the Zimunya-Marange DCC, who told the court that his testimony against Mabika had nothing to do with alleged political persecution as insisted by the defence lawyer, Mr Tinofara Hove.
Kadzura said the only time the calves were mentioned was on September 9, 2011 when Mabika disclosed in a meeting that the calves had been donated and were at her farm. The death of the calves was never mentioned.
Mabika is alleged to have doctored minutes to that meeting to the effect that the death of the calves had been communicated to the provincial executive members.
The State, led by public prosecutor Mrs Christine Tsungayi-Nyamaropa, alleges that the move was meant to cover up the theft of the calves.
The secretary for finance in the Women’s’ League, Julia Charamba also testified. She confirmed that indeed Mabika had doctored the minutes of the November 29, 2011 meeting in a bid to conceal the theft.
Charamba said she attended all provincial executive meting and nothing was said about the death of the calves.
Later in the afternoon Mabika appeared again with Madiro before provincial magistrate Mrs Lucie-Anne Mungwari.
Area public prosecutor Mrs Jane-Rose Matsikidze called the party’s provincial secretary for administration, Cde Kenneth Saruchera, to testify.
He told the court that he knew nothing of the stolen 10 cattle by the two accused persons that were meant for the 21st February Movement celebrations.
He, however, said he knew about the doctored minutes by Mabika that were meant to portray that the issue of the cattle had been talked about in a provincial executive meeting.
“It’s a criminal matter and the party cannot persecute its own members.
“The party loves its people but if you transgress the party requires you to come out clean.
“The party just wants justice done,” he said.
The case continues today.
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A pregnant prostitute has become a surprise hit with mostly truck drivers in the red-light district at Cross Dete business centre along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway.
The woman declined to give her name saying she was in a relationship with a Hwange-based boyfriend.
“My boyfriend works in Hwange but these days we are not in good books because he was not sending me money for preparation for his baby. He says he does not earn much but I don’t believe he can’t afford to send me at least US$50 a month,” she said.
The hooker said she was into sex work even before she fell pregnant but wanted to stop when she found out she had fallen pregnant. However, she claimed that since her boyfriend couldn’t look after her pregnancy, she was forced to continue working.
“I am not proud of what I am doing because I am putting my baby’s health at risk but I have no choice. I thought I could stop when my pregnancy started showing because I feared that men would not want to hire me. But to my surprise men want me more than when I was not pregnant. I have always insisted on condoms and I always go for HIV tests so I know that I am negative. I am doing everything in my power to ensure that my baby is safe,” she said.
“I have US$200 at home and I am not going to put it to waste. I am hoping that my boyfriend will have a change of heart but if he doesn’t I will be forced to file for maintenance after I have given birth to his child,” said the five-month pregnant prostitute.
In separate interviews, the men who were observed talking to the pregnant hooker admitted that they paid her for sex.
A Zambian truck driver, who called himself Mr Phiri, said he found sex with the pregnant woman satisfying as she was surprisingly energetic and flexible too.
“I was somehow afraid to sleep with her because she is pregnant but my curiosity got the better of me. I heard people saying sex with a pregnant woman is better but I had never experienced that because my wife had a low libido when she was pregnant. I am happy to say it is true that sex with a pregnant woman can be good, it was good.”
Another prostitute who identified herself as Portia said the pregnant sex worker was making more money than anyone else.
“I usually make about US$50 a night but these days I make half because clients even my regular ones want to have a taste of a pregnant prostitute. She is my sister so I cannot get angry with her. There is no rivalry whatsoever between us. In fact all of us (prostitutes) are happy for her because her boyfriend works in Hwange and does not send her money for preparation for his baby. Here we assist each other, we are sisters,” said Portia.
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