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Chiredzi Woman Files Complaint Against A Magistrate And A Prosecutor Over Lenient Sentence

19 October 2020

A Chiredzi woman Violet Chauke has filed a complaint against a local magistrate and the prosecutor who worked on her case accusing them of being lenient to the soldier who bit off part of her nose, New Zimbabwe reports.

Chauke, the Chiredzi woman who filed the complaint through the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is accusing the Magistrate Rodgers Mawarire and prosecutor Doubt Phiri of being lenient to Godfrey Chiwara who bit off her nose during a heated domestic dispute.

The development was confirmed by Chief Magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi who told the publication that:

I can confirm receiving that complaint. We are going to investigate the matter and appropriate action will be taken.

According to the publication:

Godfrey Chiwara (32), a member of the Zimbabwe National Army attached to the demining regiment in Dumisa in Chikombedzi, bit off Chauke’s nose during a heated domestic dispute, according to court papers.

Mawarire, who was transferred to Tsholotsho from Chiredzi following a number of almost similar complaints, sentenced Chiwara to 24 months in prison and suspended six months on condition he did not commit a similar offence in three years.

The remaining 18 months was suspended on condition that he performed 630 hours of community service at Nyabira police station.

The matter has been dragging for almost two years until she approached police spokesperson Paul Nyathi complaining her rights were being grossly violated.

She also had to approach the late Zimbabwe National Army’s Colonel Overson Mugwisi and Lieutenant-Colonel Alphios Makotore in Harare leading to Chiwara’s court appearance July 29, 2020.

When he was asked why he was not attending court, Chiwara threw blame towards prosecutor Phiri whom he said had told him (Chiwara) not to come to court.

Chiwara was remanded out of custody to September 30, 2020, a day which Mawarire passed a ‘dubious” ruling.

More: New Zimbabwe 

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