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Councillor in court for assault

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MDC-T Gweru Urban Ward 4 councillor Kenneth Sithole yesterday appeared in court on allegations of assaulting a council employee over an altercation about late payment of salaries by the local authority.

Stephen Chadenga
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Sithole allegedly grabbed Simbarashe Lebo, a driver at Gweru City Council, after the latter had enquired about late disbursement of workers’ salaries.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and Gweru magistrate Judith Taruvinga remanded him on free bail to March 30 for trial.

Allegations are that on March 20 this year, Sithole and Lebo were at Gweru City Council attending to a disciplinary hearing of an employee, Kudzai Ziurawa.

Lebo enquired from Sithole on why council disbursed salaries late, but the councillor allegedly jumped and grabbed the driver by the neck.

Lebo allegedly suffered a swollen neck and bruises as a result of the assault.

Meanwhile, finance committee chair and Ward 11 councillor Albert Chirau’s trial on allegations of defrauding Gweru council $8 000 from property rentals failed to kick off yesterday, after the State returned the docket to the police to make thorough investigations.

Chirau was arrested last Friday on allegations of collecting rentals from club houses in his ward and pocketing the money.

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