Zvishavane– The Zvishavane Magistrate court was left in stitches when a staunch supporter of local football blamed Dynamos FC’s performance for his arrest.
Solomon Mutsinze (42) from Kwekwe, made the rib cracking revelation when he appeared before resident magistrate Archie Wochiunga accused of possessing mbanje.
Mutsinze pleaded guilty to his charges and requested the court to give him the platform to narrate what transpired.
“Your Honour we were at a football match we needed some punch and our team was already defeated so we needed something to lighten up the mood and needed something that will make us see the vision of us coming tops but before l did that the police pounced on me,” he said.
It is the state case that on Saturday 1 October 2018, Mutsinze who was part of the faithfuls at Mandava Stadium in a match pitting FC Platinum against Dynamos, decided to smoke mbanje and was arrested by police officers who were marshaling the stadium.
He was sentenced to 20 days in prison or pay a fine of $30.
In a separate case heard by the same court, Sorai Hove(42) from Pisira village under Chief Mazvihwa in Zvishavane was arraigned before magistrate Shepherd Mnjanja on charges of raping his biological sister Nyengeterai Mudumbu (57).
The court was left gasping after Hove made his plea.
“I don’t know why you did this to me, I am just asking you to take care of my children,” he said.
Hove pleaded guilty to the crime as defined in Section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
It was State’s case that sometime in March, the accused went to his sister’ homestead in the evening at around 19:00 hrs. He asked for a traditional fermented marula brew called mukumbi from the complainant. After taking the alcohol, he forced his sister onto the ground and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent.
The complainant later reported her ordeal to her other brother Tavengwa Hove(58) who then advised her to report the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of the suspect.
After learning that rape charges had been pressed on him, the suspect asked the complainant to look after his children during his imprisonment.
Hove was remanded in custody pending trial at the High Court.