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Khupe driver trial date set

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BULAWAYO senior magistrate Sibongile Msipa yesterday set the trial date for Witness Dube, the driver of MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe, who has been charged with robbery and assault, for June 26.

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The trial date was set a week after Dube was granted $200 bail by the same court.

Dube was arrested for allegedly being part of a group of party youths that hijacked and assaulted the driver of ousted MDC-T Matabeleland North chairperson Sengezo Tshabangu and his passengers as the wrangle for party property escalated. Detective Sergeant Patrice Nyanhete of the Criminal Investigations Department Law and Order who opposed Dube’s bail application is expected to be the first State witness.

The driver of the “hijacked” vehicle Lameck Ndlovu and his two passengers Zaccaria Nkomo and Sage Mguni are expected to give evidence.

Allegations are that on May 25 at 1pm Ndlovu was driving the said vehicle when two vehicles blocked him.

Dube and six accomplices who are still at large, allegedly disembarked and pulled Ndlovu out of the vehicle before assaulting him.

Dube allegedly searched Ndlovu and took a cellphone, $300 and car keys before driving off with the vehicle.

Ndlovu made a report to the police and Dube was later arrested.

Msipa granted Dube bail last week indicating that evidence indicated he was acting on instructions contained in a letter dated April 29 2014 written by Tapiwa Mashakada, the MDC-T acting secretary-general, which instructed provincial secretaries to safeguard the party properties in all provinces.

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